Some good signs in regard of the Oracle/Sun deal
Oracle made an announcement about commitments to the EC to assure them about the intentions of Oracle. The commitments reach from “1. Continued Availability of Storage Engine APIs.”, “4. Commitment to enhance MySQL in the future under the GPL”, over “6. Increase spending on MySQL research and development”, “9. MySQL Reference Manual” and “10. Preserve Customer Choice for Support”. This announcement were made via an press release, which is available under at Market Wire for example.
There are already some reaction available in regard to this announcement: Bloomberg writes in “Oracle Offers Proposal to Win Approval for Sun Deal”:
The European Commission said Oracle’s proposal addresses concerns about the acquisition of Sun’s MySQL database product, signaling the EU will approve the acquisition next month. European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement that she’s “optimistic that the case will have a satisfactory outcome.”
“Neelie Kroes has switched on the green traffic light,” Charles van Sasse van Ysselt, a competition lawyer at NautaDutilh in Brussels, said in a telephone interview today. “She is optimistic and this is a step in the right direction.”