From NY Post: Oracle Leader Blinks – Larry’s Olive Branch (to the EU), the NYpost sources apparently say that “what […] Ellison is proposing is the creation of a firewall between MySQL and the rest of the combined company, and possibly setting up an entirely separate board for the MySQL business.”
There is no independent confirmation of any of this, so it may be true, or just air, or a trial balloon to see how other parties respond… I’m not going to add opinions to this, I just reckon it’s an interesting progression in the case. We’ll see how it pans out.
Update: so it’s not true (see Reuters).
(so now I’ll add my opinion…) Unfortunate in a way because from my perspective it would have actually been a useful outcome for both Oracle and MySQL. A company can’t/won’t disrupt itself, and there are serious business-related “conflicts” to deal with if a single company sells both. Corporate structures will always make decisions to steer away from competing with itself, and go for the most profitable road. Which one of the two that is in this case is not relevant, the point is that in the market both Oracle and MySQL have their place, so having either one lose out would not be good.