Oracle’s planned $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems appears to be close to gaining the approval of the European Union’s (EU) anti-trust regulators, after Oracle put forward a series of proposals to safeguard the MySQL database.

The protection of the open source database has been a bone of contention with the EU, which remains the last major roadblock in Oracle’s takeover of Sun. Some critics are looking for Oracle to spin off or outright sell the MySQL business.

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