I see some of your point Martin but I think the eu would look at that letter and see the
author is stating 'MySQL has been used as a pricing lever'. That single factor should be
enough for them to be very concerned by an acquisition as removing an effective pricing
lever from the market by acquisition is anti-competitive and helps increase or maintain
I don't believe you could use any other open source database as a pricing lever in the
same way because none are as mature or offer the levels of support that MySQL does and no
other open source system can boast the performance benefits (especially with ndbcluster)
or the availability of suitably trained and certified people to support their products.
From: Martijn Tonies <m.tonies@stripped>
Sent: 17 December 2009 09:44
Subject: Re: Help saving MySQL
>I think that letter actually does MySQL a favour as it points out
>'MySQL has been used as a pricing lever by Oracle customers'
>That single factor says Oracle should not be allowed to control MySQL as it
>would enable Oracle to more >easily raise or maintain high prices! For
>something to be an effective 'pricing lever' it has to be a viable >
>alternative. MySQL is a very effective pricing lever on Oracle as it is a >mature
and proven product with >excellent support.
I have to disagree with you there as the letter also mentions that MySQL isn't a viable
alternative, or actually, Oracle shouldn't have been used for those projects in the
Give a number of other open source database systems, that particular point (MySQL) to
drive the license price for Oracle down, is moot because you could use any other freely
available DBMS (even for commercial projects!) to do the same.
>> > Please visit
>> > http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2009/12/help-saving-mysql.html
>> > and write a message to EC!
>> Guess you don't want them to write letters like this?
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