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The co-founder of MySQL has submitted an appeal against the European competition watchdog’s decision to clear Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems earlier this year.

Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, who sold his chunk of the MySQL database to Sun Microsystems in 2008 for $1bn, told various news outlets including The Register on Friday that he would make a full statement about the appeal once Oracle had responded to it.

We asked the Larry Ellison-run software giant if it could provide us with comment. However, the company is yet to officially respond to Monty’s latest grumbles.

“[There is] no statement as yet,” a Oracle spokeswoman told us.

A European Commission official confirmed to the Financial Times on Friday that it was aware of the appeal that was filed with the European courts in Luxembourg, and told the paper that the antitrust watchdog would “defend” the “decision in court.”

Monty complained to the EC about Oracle’s planned $7bn takeover of Sun last year, which halted the buyout for several months while his gripes were probed.

However, in January Brussels welcomed a series of promises made by Oracle about the future of the MySQL database, and not long after that - despite last gasp attempts from Monty to get others to sign an online petition against the deal - the EC cleared the merger. ®

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