Oracle Fusion Middleware & Application Server

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Commodore 64 is back :-)

Today something which have nothing to do with Oracle Fusion Middleware or Oracle Database.

Do you still remember the famous Commodore 64? You are still worried that you throw away your Commodore 64? Here is the ultimate solution :-)

Commodore 64 is back !!!!!!!

Commodore USA, LLC brings the famous Commodore 64 back

Checkout the Homepage of Commodore USA, LLC

They also provide a nice promotion video:

The new Commodore 64 will come with an INTEL Atom D525 1.8 GHz and can be extended up to 4 GB memory, imagine how fast the cars will drive on the road in the classical game Frogger :-)

I love such stuff :-)

Note: Seems that the website of Commodore USA is a little bit overloaded right now :-) So be patient and try with reloads in your brower.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oracle XE 11g Beta - First Tests

Yesterday I posted that Oracle XE 11g Beta Version is available for download (see here

Today I got some time and installed the new Beta Version of the Oracle Database 11.2 Express Edition. I tested the release for Linux 64bit. My choosen Linux is an Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 3 (x86-64).

The installation is really simple, unzip the downloaded installation software and run the following commands as root user:

rpm -ihv oracle-xe-
# After the rpm is install you have to run the configuration script as root user
/etc/init.d/oracle-xe configure

Below you will see the full steps as a screenshot:

What is new in Oracle XE 11g Beta Release is the installation location, now Oracle follows his own recommendations and is placing the Oracle XE 11g under OFA layout :-) The new installation location is /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2/xe (In some sections in the documentation are still references to the previous used installation location, just ignore this wrong path locations). In your desktop you will find also after the installation of the Oracle XE 11g a new menu with the necessary Oracle XE menu's:

In the menu you will find the major tasks:
  • Get Help
  • Backup Database
  • Get Started
  • Restore Database
  • Run SQL Command Line
  • Start Database
  • Stop Database

If you choose for example the option "Get Started" your browser will open with the general startpage which includes multiple sections:

And to check if we are really running an Oracle Database 11.2 Express Edition, just run in a sqlplus session:
conn / as sysdba
select banner from v$version;

You will see following output then:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Oracle Database 11.2 Express Edition Beta available for download

Some real good news, already last year Oracle announce that they will provide an Oracle XE 11g (11.2.) Release and since today the first Beta Release of the Oracle Express Edition 11.2 (Oracle XE 11g) is available for download and testing :-)

You can find the Beta Release download under
The provided Beta Release of the Oracle XE 11.2 is available right now for Windows 32bit and Linux 64bit :-)

That the new Oracle XE 11.2 is now available for Linux 64bit is really a good news :-)

Following Linux 64bit Operating Systems are officially supported with the new Oracle XE 11.2:

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 Update 7
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Update 2
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 SP2
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 11
What is new in the Oracle XE 11.2 limitations, that you can store now up to 11 GB user data as before in Oracle XE 10g only 4 GB. The 1 GB limitation of the SGA still remains :-(

Enjoy the testing of the new Oracle XE 11.2 Beta Release :-)