Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Liz McMillan, Jason Bloomberg, Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Industrial IoT, Open Source Cloud

Industrial IoT: Article

‘Save MySQL from Oracle’ Petition Delivered to 3 Antitrust Regulators

It proves “50 times more customer support than Oracle claimed three weeks ago,” says Florian Mueller

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer

MySQL creator Monty Widenius’ petition to stop Oracle from getting the MySQL open source database along with Sun Microsystems collected more than 14,000 signatures before Widenius started circulating the results to “regulators, governmental bodies, parliaments and journalists” in the wee hours of Monday morning European time.

According to campaign organizer Florian Mueller, “The numbers collected so far are phenomenal given the holiday season in large parts of the market. They will go up a lot in the days to come further dwarfing whatever Oracle has presented.”

It’s “50 times more customer support than Oracle claimed three weeks ago,” he said.

He described the majority of signatories as “business users: more than 5,000 self-employed developers and more than 3,000 people using it in companies of all sizes.”

Mueller said deliveries of new signatures to the authorities will take place once or twice a week until the campaign is either heard or burns itself out.

Within the EU, the petition was reportedly sent to the 27 national antitrust authorities of the bloc’s member countries, who are scheduled to meet in Brussels in mid-January to discuss the Oracle-Sun case.

In case the European Commission ignores the petition, Widenius has also sent it to the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and will dispatch it to the Swiss Wettbewerbskommission (Weko) once he has an appropriate e-mail address as well as competition authorities in Japan and Brazil.

According to its self-imposed deadline the EC has until January 27 to decide whether to wave the deal through or not although Oracle has broadly hinted that it has the EC’s approval in its pocket.

Widenius claims Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL would be a conflict of interest and that the undertakings Oracle gave to the EC about MySQL a few weeks ago to nudge it into approval are “empty promises.”

The statistics on the petition’s web site Sunday New York time, which are reportedly updated roughly every 10 minutes, claimed over 14,000 names, most of them individual MySQL developers or users and most of them calling for Oracle to be forced to divest MySQL to a third party for further development.

To get the deal through the EC vetting process, Oracle committed to spending more than $24 million a year for the next three years on MySQL R&D. Widenius claims Oracle will cheat.

One suspects Widenius, who is now working on a MySQL fork called MariaDB, is hoping Sun will be forced into an IP yard sale where he can buy the billion-dollar property back at 10 cents on the dollar.

The petition has also collected support for alternate remedies such as making Oracle commit to a linking exception for applications that use MySQL with the client libraries (for all programming languages) for plug-ins and libmysql or requiring Oracle to release all past and future versions of MySQL until December 2012 under the Apache Software License 2.0, which would benefit Widenius’ latest start-up.

See http://www.helpmysql.org/en/stats for the latest numbers.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Here are the Top 20 Twitter Influencers of the month as determined by the Kcore algorithm, in a range of current topics of interest from #IoT to #DeepLearning. To run a real-time search of a given term in our website and see the current top influencers, click on the topic name. Among the top 20 IoT influencers, ThingsEXPO ranked #14 and CloudEXPO ranked #17.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
Contextual Analytics of various threat data provides a deeper understanding of a given threat and enables identification of unknown threat vectors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Dufour, Head of Security Architecture, IoT, Webroot, Inc., discussed how through the use of Big Data analytics and deep data correlation across different threat types, it is possible to gain a better understanding of where, how and to what level of danger a malicious actor poses to an organization, and to determin...
@CloudEXPO and @ExpoDX, two of the most influential technology events in the world, have hosted hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors since our launch 10 years ago. @CloudEXPO and @ExpoDX New York and Silicon Valley provide a full year of face-to-face marketing opportunities for your company. Each sponsorship and exhibit package comes with pre and post-show marketing programs. By sponsoring and exhibiting in New York and Silicon Valley, you reach a full complement of decision makers and buyers in ...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
LogRocket helps product teams develop better experiences for users by recording videos of user sessions with logs and network data. It identifies UX problems and reveals the root cause of every bug. LogRocket presents impactful errors on a website, and how to reproduce it. With LogRocket, users can replay problems.
Data Theorem is a leading provider of modern application security. Its core mission is to analyze and secure any modern application anytime, anywhere. The Data Theorem Analyzer Engine continuously scans APIs and mobile applications in search of security flaws and data privacy gaps. Data Theorem products help organizations build safer applications that maximize data security and brand protection. The company has detected more than 300 million application eavesdropping incidents and currently secu...
Rafay enables developers to automate the distribution, operations, cross-region scaling and lifecycle management of containerized microservices across public and private clouds, and service provider networks. Rafay's platform is built around foundational elements that together deliver an optimal abstraction layer across disparate infrastructure, making it easy for developers to scale and operate applications across any number of locations or regions. Consumed as a service, Rafay's platform elimi...