After a slightly protracted delay waiting for our earnings announcement, Oracle Linux Engineering have just announced Enterprise Linux packages for Release 4, Release 5 and Oracle VM 2 are now freely available on a yum server http://public-yum.oracle.com/. Previously, the whole CD or DVD image had to be downloaded for local use.
Paul Vallee from Pythian emailed me that they have a new installation guide out. The name says it all:Installing Oracle 11gR1 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.
After upgrading to Ubuntu 8.04 and deciding to reinstall a bunch of software, I had to revisit a quirk in one Oracle XE shell script: /usr/lib/oracle/xe/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/server/bin/nls_lang.sh: 114: [[: not found I get the error when I source /usr/lib/oracle/xe/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/server/bin/oracle_env.sh to set my environment variables.The well known solution, for the OS variants where this is a problem, is to edit that file and change the tests to use...
If you want a complete set of PHP RPMs including the OCI8 and PDO_OCI extensions, go to http://oss.oracle.com/projects/php/ The intent of this "project" is to make a relatively current version of PHP available for testing. The RPMs hosted at the moment are built from PHP 5.2.3.