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Re: [News] Richard Stallman Protects MySQL from Oracle


From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: [News] Richard Stallman Protects MySQL from Oracle
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:10:37 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> wrote:

> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> [...]
>> particular letter of his.  My sympathy goes out to all Sun employees, and
>> I hope things work out for them.

> Well,

> http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-business/sun-microsystems-to-slash-3000-jobs-20091021-h7e7.html
> (Sun Microsystems Slashing Up to 3,000 Jobs)

> "They are the latest in a series of job cuts at the server and software
> maker, whose prolonged financial troubles led to the $7.4 billion deal
> with Oracle in April. 

That doesn't make me happy.  We could have long discussions about the merits
and demerits of capitalism.  This isn't really the right forum for that.

> Oracle's purchase of Sun is being held up by European antitrust
> authorities, who are concerned about possible harm to the database
> software market."

Yes.  They're doing their job.

> Ha, regarding "software market"...  

[ .... ]

> It is misleading to describe the users of free software, or the software
> users in general, as a ?market.?"

> <???>

> Care to share your views on that, Alan?

No.

> regards,
> alexander.

-- 
Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).



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