Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Beta - Feedback Needed!

Generally speaking we do not post product-oriented news here, but this particular news is so closely tied to the OTN community that we can't resist.

You've waited patiently, and now that patience pays off: the Oracle Database 11g Express Edition (XE) Beta release is here. Download it and give us your feedback today!

Just as you expect, Oracle Database 11g XE brings you an entry-level, small-footprint RDBMS based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 code base that's free to develop on, deploy, and distribute. It's a great way to get started with 11g Release 2 features like Edition-Based Redefinition!

If you want to revisit what those features are, Arup Nanda's "Top Features" series is a great way to go!


Hope you guys will add the 64 Bit version for Windows or do we need to install 32 Bit version? Thanks!

Posted by Hiran Jayasundara on April 07, 2011 at 05:32 PM PDT #

I really would like to when Oracle is going to release an ExpressEdition for Mac OS X. A lot of developers use Macs (including myself) and I do not see a reason why people need to use tricks to install the software. WAKE UP ORACLE!

Posted by Radek on April 07, 2011 at 07:14 PM PDT #

The platforms you see are the only ones planned for now. Using VirtualBox, you can install on any OS you like. :)

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on April 08, 2011 at 12:42 AM PDT #

Justin, You wouldn't tell MS-Windows users to download the Linux-x64 version and ask them to run it under VirtualBox, right? Please understand that the MacOS X community has been asking for a native OS X version for years (have a look at all the comments in Oracle mix) and this is a disappointing announcement. Besides the obviously more cumbersome installation: - more memory and CPU used, - reduced battery time on laptops (due to VBox overhead) - need to configure vbox for incoming connections - significantly less speed - file-sharing required for import/export Sincerly, Phil

Posted by Philippe Causse on April 26, 2011 at 12:59 AM PDT #

Philippe, I do not deny that a port would be infinitely more desirable to the Mac OS community. However, it's just not in the cards at the present time. (It's actually quite complicated and requires the participation of Apple itself to no minor degree).

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on April 26, 2011 at 02:21 AM PDT #

Hi Justin;

I get it that there is no Oracle port for Mac 'in the cards'.

Please accept this as a request for a new deck.

This would be a great benefit to myself and the Mac user base.

Thanks, Jack

Posted by guest on June 22, 2011 at 04:52 AM PDT #

Hi justin, Oracle 11g Express Edition Beta is great! you can create second instance manually with new instance_name. Also 4gb up to 11g data is ideal.Express edition need replication support. Apply process is avaible but I guess enabling asynchronous capture process will be helps lots of small companies& students. Im looking forward to product version of 11g express edition.thanks.ilknur

Posted by ilknur on August 23, 2011 at 10:55 PM PDT #

There's a very simple solution to MAC OS X users issue...just get yourself a Windows workstation:)

I could understand that developers and professional community was switching from XP to MAC OS X... but hey we've got Windows 7 now which most of the MAC users are not aware of...It's great try it...

Posted by guest on August 24, 2011 at 11:45 PM PDT #

Yes, they need to create a 64-bit version of Oracle 11g Express!!

Posted by Gabriel on September 29, 2011 at 09:15 AM PDT #

Why do people consider any variation of Windows suitable as a development environment. Historically it was used because it was based on commodity hardware and thus cheap. However with the advent of linux I can't see any reason to use windows, certainly not appropriate as the vast majority of enterprise development ends up running on unix/linux platforms and not windows in production.

I would argue that they should drop windows ;-) rather than macintosh support. As macs represent a closer deployment architecture than windows. More and more of my clients are switching their devs over to ubunto or red-hat on the PC's to facilitate development.

I just wished my mac could run a DB without having to fire up a vmware every time

Posted by guest on March 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM PST #

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