A First Look at Oracle 11g database on Debian GNU/Linux

Three and half years have passed since my first attempts to install Oracle 10g on an unsupported Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Seeing that Oracle 11g is out, and exclusively for Linux at this time, I decided to download it among the first and see and share with you what it's installation looks like.

The distribution can be downloaded from the Oracle Database Software Downloads page, but let me warn you upfront that the archive is 1.7GB in size, so you'll need quite a big pipe to successfully download it. What makes it even harder is that Oracle insists that you download it from browser window (Wget and similar utilities won't work out of the box, although there are some tricks that can be deployed), so be prepared to have that browser window open for a long time and prey that download doesn't break along the way.

Running Linux on the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard

ASRock 775Dual-VSTAASRock 775Dual-VSTABeing a happy owner of the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard for a week, I decided to share my opinions about it and also give an advice or two to other people thinking about running Linux on it.

In short, this board is an exceptional piece of engineering and Linux runs GREAT on it. I'm not going to list all the specifications of the motherboard, because they're readily available on its official page, but let me go through the interesting features:

  • the board can use both DDR & DDRII memory (but not at the same time!)
  • you can equip it with AGP or PCIe graphics card, your choice
  • there's plenty of connectors for both older ATA or newer SATA drives
  • you can run any LGA 775 processor you can get hands on, including latest Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe core)
  • the board is very affordable (or should I say dirt cheap)
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