State of Java Subjects as Oracle Wrests Sun Kingdom
On the 20th of April 2009, Oracle announced it had entered an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems. The acquisition however was subject to regulatory approval and the two companies would remain separate and independent. After launching an in-depth investigation the European Commission, in September 2009, had formally objected to the merger primarily citing their inhibitions about the possibility of Oracle claiming total control on MySQL, a leading opensource database. The investigation hoped to study the plans that Oracle, a software giant built on its proprietary database, had for MySQL. Following several back and forths, the EC finally approved the USD $7.4billion merger on 21 January 2010.