Download Oracle Database 11g; Dive Into New Series

Oracle Database 11g for Linux is out there now under the OTN Developer License (our motto, with props to Niall Litchfield: "Free to download, free to learn, unlimited
evaluation"). As usual, Windows and other releases are to follow. (Some reporters' fixation with the initial Linux-only release is mysterious, because releasing on Linux first - Oracle itself runs on Linux - is SOP.)

Along with it, you can dive into the first three installments (Database Replay, Partitioning, Schema Management) of Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda's "Top Features for DBAs and Developers" how-to series, with many more to follow. We intend to complement this content with screencasts as well.

I also had the honor last week of speaking with Dr. DBA himself, Ken Jacobs, about the highlights of this releases and its "place" in the pantheon of Oracle RDBMS. Download the mp3 here.

Comments:

Regarding your statement "Some reporters' fixation with the initial Linux-only release is mysterious, because releasing on Linux first - Oracle itself runs on Linux - is SOP": Oracle may run on Linux, but a large number of Oracle�s customers don't. We use primarily Solaris, so the Linux release is useless to us. It seems to me that Oracle's apparent choice to promote Linux over other operating systems, which is evident from their "SOP", will give its competitors (like Microsoft) an edge with customers that prefer platforms other than Linux. By focusing on Linux, it seems Oracle has taken a step towards conceding the Windows market to MS SQL Server (Oracle�s fastest growing competitor with 28% growth in 2005-2006) and demonstrated a disregard for all of Oracle�s customers who use operating systems other than Linux. Good reporters tend to report on what they think will be important to their readers. It is no mystery to me why Oracle customers (especially those running Oracle on non-Linux platforms) find Oracle�s choice to only release 11g on Linux to be important, and reporters have responded to this.

Posted by Scott Wright on August 30, 2007 at 06:24 PM PDT #

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