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Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Oracle has offered to cordon off MySQL inside a combined Oracle-Sun to get the European Commission to approve its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun ahead of a hearing set for next Thursday, according to the New York Post The paper, quoting two unidentified sources, describes the vague Oracle proposal as a “separate entity” that would put a “firewall” between MySQL and the rest of Oracle and says it could involve a separate board. Oracle has previously vowed to get the Sun acquisition, which has been dragging on since April at great cost to Sun, cleared by the EC regulators without any conditions. A person described as familiar with the situation told the paper the only reason Oracle CEO Larry Ellison blinked is that “it is the only way to get the deal done.” Underscoring the fact that the report is unconfirmed, Florian Mueller, the sp... (more)

Eucalyptus More Compatible with AWS than Ever

Eucalyptus Systems, Amazon’s private cloud partner, was expected to announce a new 3.3 release of its open source cloud platform Monday that promises its greatest compatibility with AWS yet. Its new capabilities are also supposed to make Eucalyptus the solution for developing and testing applications built for AWS. Users get new levels of availability, speed, resource utilization and cost savings across the application development lifecycle. Eucalyptus is supposed to make the whole test-dev process faster and easier since it provides a standardized and consistent environment that... (more)

There's Simply No Nice Way of Putting This. IBM is an Indian Giver!

There's simply no nice way of putting this. IBM is an Indian giver. To prevent the commercialization of the long-standing open source project Hercules - which might put some of its mainframe revenues at risk since Hercules is a mainframe emulator - IBM has suddenly claimed - out of the blue - that Hercules infringes at least 173 of its US patents or patent applications - including - get this - patents that it pledged the open source community could use without fear of infringing in 2005. The "non-exhaustive" list of the 106 patents and 67 patent applications that Hercules alleged... (more)

Dell Keeps a Toe in the OpenStack Camp

After trashing its public OpenStack cloud efforts Monday in favor of reselling third-party widgetry – and reportedly canning workers in the 300-man group according to TechCrunch – Dell folk who are left were anxious to say that Dell is still in the private OpenStack game, pointing to another press release put out Monday saying that Dell will enable Microsoft’s Windows Server Hyper-V as a viable hypervisor on the OpenStack cloud platform. The press release says it’ll be the first instance of a leading technology vendor enabling Hyper-V on OpenStack for private clouds, giving cust... (more)

Latest SCO News is Plain Weird

Over 49,000 readers have enjoyed this article since Friday when it was published. Read another Maureen O'Gara story from the same day: IBM Dreams of Pushing Microsoft Off the Desktop and Stomping its Clinging Fingers SCO CEO Darl McBride, the most hated man in the computer industry, says he's reached for an analogy to describe SCO's experience since suing IBM. "This is like...," he's said to himself, groping for an elucidating comparison, only to conclude, "Nothing...Nothing compares to what's happened in the last year." What happened in the last few days proves his point. BayStar... (more)