Oracle Tried To Buy MySQL

By Deane Barker on February 17, 2006

Oracle tried to buy open-source MySQL: I guess if you can’t buy them, screw them instead.

MySQL Chief Executive Marten Mickos confirmed the acquisition attempt in an interview at the Open Source Business Conference here but wouldn’t provide details such as when the approach was made or how much money Oracle offered.

He did, however, say why he turned down Oracle’s offer: the desire to keep his company’s independence. “We will be part of a larger company, but it will be called MySQL,” Mickos said.

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