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With US regulators in the bag, it must have seemed like just a matter of time before Oracle's planned $5.6bn purchase of Sun Microsystems would get European approval. Such was the level of confidence, Oracle boasted in June it fully expected the deal would close "this summer" - putting that at the end of September in calendar …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    'OpenWorld' :)

    Good thing that Java is open source now then ey? (OpenJDK).

    These Oracle inbred yankies can kiss our a**e. Java 7 rules!

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Master of the obvious

    "Sun management" and "wrong footed" in the same sentence is redundant and redundant.

  3. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Not that late!

    So what, it's October 7th, so Larry is seven days late. With an industry used to Sun bringing product to market years late (if at all), seven days is hardly news. This article would have been better kept until the January lull, when it would have been more appropriate . Of course, I expect Larry to have found the right EU Commissioners to "invest in" by then anyway, so maybe it's better for Mr Clarke to get a small dig in now rather than when it would be more relevant.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Gavin Clarke -- Oracle, Sun, The Register, and embarrassment

    Gavin Clarke -- "Failure to hit a summer closure is not just embarrassing for the two companies, it's also hurting Oracle in an area it values - the wallet."

    Obviously, the EU commission is not something that Oracle or Sun have under their control, so it is not so much an embarrassment to them.

    If Sun was in as bad as many of the writers and comment posters on The Register commonly dictate, the EU commission should be a lot more embarrassed!

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    What's worth $100M a month?

    Seems like Sun/Oracle could end the EU's interference by spinning off MySQL. The guys who sold it to Sun could probably be attracted by the right price. :-) Some tinkering with the numbers on the Sun/Oracle deal would be required, of course, which Sun probably wouldn't like.

    Does LE's willingness to endure $100M/month losses say something about how much he values MySQL, which perhaps validates the EU's interest and scrutiny, or ... ?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Sun senior management?

    You're surprised by incompetence from the people who mismanaged Sun into the arms of Oracle?

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