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Jan 22 2008   9:29AM GMT

Tech pundit thinks Oracle had a hand in MySQL deal

Derek Kuhr Derek Kuhr Profile: Derek Kuhr

I just came across what is definitely the most interesting take on Sun Microsystems’ planned $1 billion acquisition of MySQL, the Swedish open source database management system provider.

In a recent column entitled “The Sun-MySQL deal stinks,” Tech industry columnist John Dvorak says that he believes Oracle founder Larry Ellison had a hand in the deal. Now that seems incredibly funny to me, but could it be true?

In the column, Dvorak rhetorically asks how a company like Sun can afford to pay $1 billion when the MySQL only brings in about $60 million a year in revenue. The answer, he said, is that the Sun couldn’t do it without Oracle’s help.

“I’m close to being convinced that Oracle wanted to buy MySQL to kill the product, but knew that it couldn’t pull off the stunt itself. It would be too obvious, especially to European Union regulators. So it sent in a stooge to do the job,” Dvorak wrote.

The columnist went on to point out that Sun would be a likely candidate for such treachery.

“This deal stinks from top to bottom,” Dvorak wrote. “Sun and Oracle, have been strategic partners for years.”

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