MySQL is the stumbling block for Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Negotiations between Oracle and the European Commission are stuck. FSFE offers a way out: Put an independent non-profit fiduciary in control of MySQL. This will preserve competition, while assuring Oracle that while they can’t get MySQL, no one else will either.
High Noon in Brussels: At the end of her term, competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is wrapping up two open cases against Microsoft. The company offered to settle in July 2009. FSFE is concerned that a quick settlement could deprive Europeans of competition and innovation in a software market based on open standards, in particular where Free Software is concerned.