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Eurocrats killing open source softly, says Ellison

Is the EC's refusal to rubber-stamp the Oracle-Sun deal, pending more investigation, really going to hurt open source? Do the Eurocrats understand what open source is, and what it takes to make it go? Or, by pointing out the possible damage it's doing to open source, has Oracle found the key to making the EC move?

American billionaires, and even America's government, seem powerless against the big bad bullies of the EC.

So Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is trying another tack. Approve my deal or open source gets it.

Ellison carefully noted that Sun, not Oracle, is losing $100 million each month the deal is not done, and that its cash bleed is accelerating. No, he won't unload mySQL, he added, and mommas don't let your babies grow up to be IT'ers.

It's a subtle game. The EC is not good at subtle. It can take the Eurocrats a long time to decide what to do, and technology does not work that way.

Ellison's words were a reminder.

So is the EC's refusal to rubber-stamp the Oracle-Sun deal, pending more investigation, really going to hurt open source? Do the Eurocrats understand what open source is, and what it takes to make it go? Or, by pointing out the possible damage it's doing to open source, has Oracle found the key to making the EC move?