Given all the talk about Oracle's decision to buy up various open source companies, you have to think the very first target would have been MySQL... and you'd be right. MySQL has admitted that Oracle approached it concerning an acquisition, but MySQL's CEO turned Larry's money down -- saying he'd rather build the company up independently (though with plenty of investment money from others, including VCs, Intel, Red Hat and SAP). Obviously, that's what he's going to say, as no one discussed the details of the offer -- such as how much money was involved. Either way, it kind of makes you wonder why Oracle doesn't release some of its existing code as open source, if they're suddenly such big believers in the open source movement. Buying up open source companies brings a community, but there are other ways to push open source code as well.
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