MySQL Founder Outlines Solution: Instead of Letting Sun Suffer, Oracle Should Sell MySQL (ORCL, JAVA)

Michael 'Monty' Widenius Says European Commission is "Absolutely Right to be Concerned" About Proposed Merger Between Oracle Corporation [ORCL] and Sun Microsystems [JAVA], Nominates Award-Winning EU Strategist to Support the Proceeding

Oct 19, 2009, 12:22 ET from Monty Program Ab

TUUSULA, Finland, October 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael 'Monty' Widenius, the creator of open source database MySQL and founder of the namesake company later acquired by Sun, today suggested Oracle should resolve antitrust concerns over its US$7.4 billion acquisition of Sun by committing to sell MySQL to a suitable third party. The proposed takeover has not yet been consummated because it is being investigated in depth by the European Commission as well as competition authorities in several other jurisdictions.

Widenius, who posted this press release to his blog ( ), believes the EU's antitrust regulator is "absolutely right to be concerned" and called on Oracle "to be constructive and commit to sell MySQL to a suitable third party, enabling an instant solution instead of letting Sun suffer much longer."

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Please note that Michael 'Monty' Widenius left Sun in early 2009 and founded a new company, Monty Program Ab.

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