The EU has done some excellent work in stopping software patents and monopolies, but fighting Oracle's takeover of Sun is a pointless, waste of time.
on 09/04/2009 – Made popular on 09/04/2009
Google has responded to Oracle's lawsuit over the use of Java in Android, claiming that the mobile OS does not violate Oracle's patents while accusing Ellison and company of a certain Java open source hypocrisy.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains what Oracle plans for some of Sun's open source projects: "Oracle isn't actively killing any of these projects. Instead, they're simply no longer funding them or assigning staffers to them.
In reality, Oracle is a major proponent of open software, pushing Linux and taking a stand against the notion of software patents themselves. Yes, that's right, the company filing the year's biggest software patent infringement case is also a major critic of the idea of software patents in general.
The European Commission on Thursday expanded its investigation into Oracle's plans to purchase Sun Microsystems. The EC wants to study the potential antitrust issues arising from proprietary database vendor Oracle's takeover of Sun's open source MySQL database application. It will issue its ruling on Jan. 19, 2010.