The Attack of the Clones?
If you are running your Oracle Application
Server on Linux, you are probably using Red
Hat's Advanced Server 2.1 or 3 or United Linux
1.0. Both version come with a hefty price
tag. And most Application Server
administrator's will tell you that the primary
reason that an installation fails is that the OS
is not properly configured. Now you
may have some options available.
Red Hat Clones
There are now an number of clones of Red Hat
Advanced Server available on the internet for
free. One is the White Box Enterprise
White Box Enterprise Linux was derived from
the open source Red Hat code for Advanced Server
version 3 and can use Red Hat's update rpms.
Installing the Oracle 10g Database on White
Box Linux was the same as installing it on Red
Hat AS 3.
Those of use that are looking at the low cost
64 bit x86 systems have found that only the most
expensive versions of Red Hat and United Linux
are available in 64 bit versions. Both
Fedora (the new Red Hat type free distro) and
White Box are readying a release of 64 bit Linux
versions. This will allow your home server
to enter the realm of the "big iron"
The Red Hat Linux clones will help you get a
system up and running without the cost of an
commercial license for Advanced Server.
There are other Red Hat clones out there.
Tao Linux http://www.taolinux.org
I have not had a chance to test these clones
it is on my task list as my Red Hat updates run
However, Oracle will only support
the Red Hat Linux (2.1 and 3) and united Linux
1.0 installations. You will want to get a
support version of Linux before placing the
server in production.
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