MetaLink Gets Slick

Has everyone seen the new slick UI for MetaLink's Software Configuration Manager? Thanks to Laurent Schneider for blogging about it; wasn't aware of it myself.

This looks like a pretty big step for customers who want to be hands-on about their environment - via info about applied patches and TAR status, as well as by getting advice for best practices. Very nice!

Comments:

I know I keep banging on about it (literally years now) but I won't be uncorking the champagne until the Metalink search engine gets slick - or at least slicker. It is still way to hard to filter out all those utterly irrelevant (to me) Oracle Apps or RDB documents. Cheers, APC

Posted by APC on March 05, 2008 at 07:50 PM PST #

It's o.k. Still needs a lot of work though. It takes forever to load. The OCM software itself is still extremely buggy. (At least on AIX/RAC clusters) Removing and adding configurations is busted. And so on. I was opening a lot of tickets on it but I'm too busy to be a full time beta tester for Oracle.

Posted by JR Peck on March 05, 2008 at 08:41 PM PST #

dude. not cool. flash content is NOT findable. this interface is NOT usable. its almost certainly a step in the WRONG direction. metalink needs a human information architect, not yet-another pile of widgets.

Posted by bex on March 06, 2008 at 03:54 AM PST #

bex, that is probably true - but improvement is always relative!

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on March 06, 2008 at 06:11 PM PST #

true... I'm just upset because I know metalink doesn't need a Flashy interface... it needs a more findable interface. More and better search options, more and better browsing options. And persistent, easy to generate URLs.

Posted by bex on March 06, 2008 at 07:56 PM PST #

'Bex' is exactly right. The search facility in Metalink leaves a lot to be desired. I'd call that pretty much the #1 problem with the site (other than Oracle's seemingly counter-productive restrictions on open read-only access)...but as that doesn't affect me personally... Search is numero uno!

Posted by Patrick Smith on March 26, 2008 at 04:51 AM PDT #

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