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MySQL creator takes fight against Oracle Sun deal to Russia

Simon Quicke

The fight by those looking to block the Oracle takeover of Sun is heading to Eastern Europe following the approval of the deal by the US and signs that the EU will also clear the deal.

Michael Widenius, the creator of MySQL, is hoping that authorities in Russia will be more willing to block the merger continuing to put the pressure on authorities in the country after handing over a petition signed by 14,000 users at the start of the year.

As things stand the US has given the deal the thumbs up and after a protracted process including an investigation the EC looks set to follow after Oracle did enough to calm concerns about competition.

But Widenius is still determined to try and cause problems by appealing to the Russia's Antimonopoly Service which is still reviewing the deal.

According to Reuters the MySQL guru holds higher hopes that countries like Russia and China, which he believes have a greater sympathy towards open source, will contest the merger.

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