Eurocrats rubber stamp Oracle's Sun buy-out

The European Commission has approved Oracle's $7.4 billion purchase of Sun MicroSystems.

The Eurocrats said they think the deal will not have any negative impact on competition in Europe, following a four-month "in-depth" investigation.

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said she was, "satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalise important assets and create new and innovative products."

The deal will miff users of MySQL who were fighting the move. An online petition warns that "If Oracle buys MySQL as part of Sun, database customers will pay the bill."

The Euro commissions reckoned Oracle's commitment to the future availability of MySQL under the GPL was good enough for them. US regulators had barely batted an eyelid over the deal.