Lots of goodies

We just issued a press release with a number of very good updates for everyone

There are a few things of importance :

1) As of right now, Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Kernel is certified with a number of Oracle products such as Oracle Database 11gR2 and Oracle Fusion Middleware. The certification pages in the Oracle Support portal will be updated with the latest certification status for the various products.

As always we have gone through a long period of very comprehensive testing and validation to ensure that the whole stack works really well together, with very large database workloads, middleware application workloads etc.

2) Standard certification efforts for Oracle Linux 6 with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel are in progress and we expect that to be completed in the next few months. Because of the compatibility between OL6 and RHEL6 we can then also state certification for RHEL6.

3) Oracle Linux binaries (and of course source code) have been free for download -and- use (including production, not just trial periods) since day one. You can freely redistribute the binaries, unlike many other Linux vendors where you need to pay a support subscription to even get access to the binaries. We offered both the base distribution release DVDs (OL4, OL5, OL6) and the update releases, such as 5.1, 5.2 etc. this way. Today, in this announcement, we also started to make available the bugfix and security updates released in between these update releases. So the errata streams (both binary and source code) for OL4, 5 and 6 are now free for download and use from http://public-yum.oracle.com. This includes uek and uek2.

The nice thing is, if you want a complete up to date system without support, use this, if you then need support, get a support subscription. Simple, convenient, effective. We have great SLA's in producing our update streams, consistency in release timing and testing of all the components.

Have at it!

Comments:

Great news, Wim. As far as I can see, the no support for RHEL6 is *really* hurting the Oracle ecosystem. And the radio silence about the future certifications was even worst than a flat official "no".

So, I am glad this may change. I won't mind give a second Oracle OS a go (I run Solaris) if I don't feel forced to run it instead of the competition because of licensing issues. A positive motivation goes a long way...

Posted by guest on March 22, 2012 at 04:03 PM PDT #

Man, this is amazing!
The work you guys are doing on the Linux kernel blows me away.
You rock!

Posted by guest on March 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM PDT #

Hi,

Great news! Is ACFS then also supported? Or do we have to wait for a rdbms-patch for that?

/P

Posted by Peter on March 23, 2012 at 06:09 AM PDT #

Wim,

Would this also eventually include OVM updates?

Posted by Joe Hoot on March 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM PDT #

Thank you.

Posted by guest on March 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM PDT #

Great news!

Does this also mean that ACFS is supported and can be used now, or do we have to wait for a RDBMS-patch for that?

/P

Posted by guest on March 25, 2012 at 07:40 AM PDT #

Hi Wim,

Great news, thanks for the effort and the good work.

I will like to ask where we can find the kernel-uek-headers that match the latest UEK avaliable.

Is not really needed, but I am a bit maniac and I like all match when I do rpm -qa | grep kernel

Thanks!

Posted by Alvaro on March 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM PDT #

- kernel-uek-headers would cause conflicts for gcc
- ovm3 no plans at this time
- acfs has uek support since 11.2.0.2

Posted by wim on March 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM PDT #

Wim,

Regarding ACFS, sure ACFS has UEK support but when trying to get ACFS (on 11.2.0.3) running on OL6 (with UEK) its treated as an unsupported platform

[oracle@<grid> oracle]$cat /etc/oracle-release
Oracle Linux Server release 6.2

[oracle@<grid> oracle]$uname -r
2.6.32-300.3.1.el6uek.x86_64
[oracle@<grid> oracle]$

"
... SNIP ....
2012-03-22 11:31:22: Executing cmd: /u01/grid/oracle/11.2.0.3/bin/acfsdriverstate supported
2012-02-22 11:31:23: Command output:
> ACFS-9459: ADVM/ACFS is not supported on this OS version: '2.6.32-300.3.1.el6uek.x86_64'
> ACFS-9201: Not Supported
>End Command output
2012-03-22 11:31:23: acfs is not supported
... SNIP .....
"

GI works as it should but ACFS doesnt... Am I missing something?

regds
/P

Posted by guest on March 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM PDT #

And what about clusterware? Is still a ULN option or can we install it from the public-yum?

Thanks

Posted by Javier on March 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM PDT #

What about the network support where customers must pay for subscribing to errata? Are you ending the network support?

Posted by emrah on March 30, 2012 at 07:54 AM PDT #

re network support - it stays. there are a number of reasons for it :

- Full indemnification against intellectual property claims
- included use of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Ops Center for Linux Management

Posted by wim on March 30, 2012 at 08:03 AM PDT #

javier : only through support subscription.

Posted by Wim on March 30, 2012 at 08:04 AM PDT #

re acfs - looking into it.

Posted by wim on March 30, 2012 at 08:04 AM PDT #

can we still use Enterprise Mgr 11g for free to monitor and manage Oracle on Linux?

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 09:17 AM PDT #

Enterprise manager use is included as part of a support subscription. if you use random hardware with oracle linux using public-yum, then you do not have a free license for EM. if you use an oracle server under support and/or oracle linux with a support subscription then you do - so that hasn't changed, it just is not included free for use with public-yum based installs.

Posted by wim on May 16, 2012 at 09:40 AM PDT #

Btw, when referring to Enterprise Mgr I am referring to Oracle Enterprise Manager. They are synonymous now, correct?

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM PDT #

yes

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM PDT #

Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control to be more specific.

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM PDT #

ah wait sorry - database control is related to the database. that has nothing to do with oracle linux. using public-yum or not or using oracle linux or not doesn't affect the use of database control. I was only talking about linux and virtualization management for EM. that's more a question related to using EM with oracle database. period. whether its oracle linux, solaris or whoever.

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM PDT #

Not sure if this last post got through so apologies for a duplicate.
I guess the bottom line for me is whether or not the OEM Database Control is free to use -- does not need a support subscription -- when being used to manage and monitor an Oracle 11g database running on OEL Linux.

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM PDT #

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Wim Coekaerts is the Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering for Oracle. He is responsible for Oracle's complete desktop to data center virtualization product line and the Oracle Linux support program.

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