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  • March 22, 2012

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 our Oracle Linux yum server at http://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!

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Comments ( 21 )
  • guest Thursday, March 22, 2012

    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...

  • guest Friday, March 23, 2012

    Man, this is amazing!

    The work you guys are doing on the Linux kernel blows me away.

    You rock!

  • Peter Friday, March 23, 2012


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


  • Joe Hoot Friday, March 23, 2012


    Would this also eventually include OVM updates?

  • guest Saturday, March 24, 2012

    Thank you.

  • guest Sunday, March 25, 2012

    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?


  • Alvaro Monday, March 26, 2012

    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


  • wim Monday, March 26, 2012

    - kernel-uek-headers would cause conflicts for gcc

    - ovm3 no plans at this time

    - acfs has uek support since

  • guest Tuesday, March 27, 2012


    Regarding ACFS, sure ACFS has UEK support but when trying to get ACFS (on 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


    [oracle@<grid> oracle]$


    ... SNIP ....

    2012-03-22 11:31:22: Executing cmd: /u01/grid/oracle/ 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?



  • Javier Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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


  • emrah Friday, March 30, 2012

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

  • wim Friday, March 30, 2012

    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

  • Wim Friday, March 30, 2012

    javier : only through support subscription.

  • wim Friday, March 30, 2012

    re acfs - looking into it.

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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

  • wim Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    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.

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012


  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control to be more specific.

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    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.

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    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.

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