Oracle has debian repository!

Oracle is involved in the linux community for some time now. Until oracle XE, oracle distributed its software the normal way (for all unix likes in gzipped cpio archives). I’ve seen some software been distributed as rpm archive (redhat package manager), but now oracle also has distributed the oracle XE database as deb archive.

That is good news for debian lovers, but oracle has done even more: they have setup a debian repository, so you can download and install software using aptitude or apt-get!

How do we setup a connection to the oracle debian repository?

Goto /etc/apt/sources.list, and add the following lines:

# oracle
deb http://oss.oracle.com/debian unstable main non-free

Next, update the repository information on your debian machine:

frits@bedrock:~$ sudo apt-get update

Now we are able to install the following software from the oracle repository:
-libaio
-oracle xe client
-oracle xe
-oracle xe universal

Please note the installation process tells the packages are not (gpg) signed. It would be convenient if oracle adds an gpg key, so we can add this to the keyring.

Way to go oracle! I challenge oracle to release more software in the deb package format, and put it in the repository!

Another thing comes to mind: how about a yum repository for the oracle software also?

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96 comments
  1. lombra said:

    This is an good idea! Was Oracle don’t free database?!?!?

  2. Administrator said:

    Reply to lombra:
    Indeed, the enterprise, standard and standard edition one of the oracle database are non-free.
    The oracle XE is free to use (NOT open source!), but limited

    Reply to cyber_rigger:
    Oracle XE is intended to run on sarge!

  3. That will be very nice if Debian becomes an officially supported distro by Oracle. May be this is the first step.

  4. Administrator said:

    Reply to Fabio Brito:
    Debian sarge is supported for oracle XE. I agree it would be nice to have sarge supported for the non-restricted database versions. (It is possible to make oracle EE working on sarge, see oracle’s technet)

    Another thing we really would like to see is the oracle client in the repository!

    Reply to PsychoPenguin Weblog:
    I’m sorry, I don’t understand. I am restricted to dutch, english, german and french. Could you translate?

  5. Unless Oracle makes its version Free Software, this is uninteresting to anyone interested in the Debian Social Contract. There is already one industry-strengt database in Debian and that’s PostgreSQL.

  6. Administrator said:

    Reply to michael kallas:
    That is completely true, if oracle wants to incorporate their software in the debian software tree. I can assure you that is not oracle’s intention.

    The point here is oracle takes interest in supporting debian (at a certain level), and makes some software available in a debianized way, which makes it easy to install and maintain.

  7. pabs said:

    sarge != unstable

    Also, be good if oracle uploaded to debian-unofficial.org instead, and used the libaio that is already in debian.

  8. Administrator said:

    reply to pabs:
    I think oracle uses ‘unstable’ for their point of view of the software, not to call sarge unstable or something. (debian and the oracle software will not be as extensively be tested as redhat at oracle, because there is no business need at this point (and no organisation to pay for it). On the other hand, I assume they have tested it at a certain level, to deliver a certain degree of stability on debian.)

    To be honest, I wasn’t aware of debian-unofficial.org too. Quite interesting to know some software is administered for debian, although it can not be incorporated in debian because of the Debain Social Contract. I hope we are able to reach oracle this way!

  9. kwyxz said:

    Michael Kallas: Oracle having a Debian repository is already a giant leap towards full support of the Debian platform from Oracle. This might probably convince sysadmins to give Debian a chance against Red Hat or other commercial distros, much more than any FSF propaganda. PostgreSQL, as good as it is, and it is _very_ good indeed, can’t stand a chance against Oracle in some cases.

    Nice move from Oracle. Let’s hope they won’t get discouraged by this kind of pointless zealots.

  10. :( said:

    Err http://oss.oracle.com unstable/main Packages
    404 Not Found
    Get:14 http://archive.ubuntu.com breezy-updates/restricted Sources [14B]
    Err http://oss.oracle.com unstable/non-free Packages
    404 Not Found
    Fetched 168kB in 2s (65.8kB/s)
    Failed to fetch http://oss.oracle.com/debian/dists/unstable/main/binary-amd64/Packages.gz 404 Not Found
    Failed to fetch http://oss.oracle.com/debian/dists/unstable/non-free/binary-amd64/Packages.gz 404 Not Found
    Reading package lists… Done
    E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  11. Hi! I’m the PsychoPenguin. PsychoPenguin Weblog is my blog. I just write about the repository in portuguese, and wordpress sent a trackback to this post.

  12. Jean said:

    Nice to see. Hopefully they willprovide packages for other platforms — I’m interested in powerpc (64 bit). Others will also be interested in 32_64 binaries as well.

    Is there some way of lettingthem know that there is a demand for these?

  13. Administrator said:

    Yes, it’s only for i386 for now.

    I am not related to oracle corp. in any way, so I do not know how I/we can infuence oracle to make packages for other debian architectures, like amd64 or ppc, besides asking. I hope they read your comments or my blog:-)

    I only speak/write english, dutch, german and french. I cannot read the last comment 😦

  14. debian_gnu said:

    Administrator Says:
    …>I only speak/write english, dutch, german and french.”

    Now it’s time to begin speaking oracle ! 🙂

  15. m4lu6 said:

    pity about the swap requirements.

  16. Keno said:

    A fantastic site, and brilliant effort. A great piece of work.

  17. Svetlana said:

    Very interesting website. Keep up the outstanding work and thank you…

  18. Sohbet said:

    Nice to see. Hopefully they willprovide packages for other platforms — I’m interested in powerpc (64 bit). Others will also be interested in 32_64 binaries as well.

    Is there some way of lettingthem know that there is a demand for these?

  19. Knox said:

    hey very nice indeed!
    thank you!

  20. Great resource. I would be interested in links to similar sites. Do you know any you’d trust?

  21. Chat said:

    Nice to see. Hopefully they willprovide packages for other platforms — I’m interested in powerpc (64 bit). Others will also be interested in 32_64 binaries as well.

    Is there some way of lettingthem know that there is a demand for these?

  22. sohbet said:

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  23. sohbet said:

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  24. In accationally I come here and read your articles. It’s very nice. I can not express my feeling in english very well so like this.

  25. Oracle did nearly succesful install on i386 debian etch, but on AMD64 it was impossible,

    Failed to fetch http://oss.oracle.com/debian/dists/unstable/Release
    Unable to find expected entry
    main/binary-amd64/Packages
    in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)

    I hope that can be possible for Oracle to make an AMD64 port.
    It is to much to ask for an Open Source version.
    If that can be released, then I am sure it will be far easier for the maintainers.

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  27. I’ve seen some software been distributed as rpm archive (redhat package manager), but now oracle also has distributed the oracle XE database as deb archive.

  28. chat said:

    hey very nice indeed!
    thank you!

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  30. thank you webmaster very good blog and good post.

  31. Aukcje said:

    Interesting article!
    Thanks

  32. t-shirts said:

    Wow, that is good news. While I’m not a major debian user, I know how much this will help. Being able to directly use aptitude and apt-get to download and install software right off of Oracle’s debian repository makes thing so much easier for debian users. I would be really nice if the would add that gpg key, but even if they don’t, it’s not that big of a problem. It’s nice to see a company like Oracle working to do something that users will really find useful instead of simply trying to make another quick buck (Oracle has never really been like that). And thank you very much for letting everyone know about the debian repository and for posting the instructions on how to connect to it. I’m sure they have helped a lot of Oracle users.

  33. You have done a great job on this blog, providing excellent information, resources and great pictures. Keep it up! 5*

  34. The site looks pretty good, WordPress really is great!
    Very informative blog.

  35. After reading your blog, I am planning to start a wordpress blog myself! Thanks for the info..

  36. Is there any online tutorial for people who are new to Oracle? Is there any book that discusses problems and solutions involving Oracle?

  37. nero said:

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  38. hi there, my trackbacks does not work. just would like to say thanks for this plugin, appears on my “must-have” list

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  41. reply to pabs:
    I think oracle uses ‘unstable’ for their point of view of the software, not to call sarge unstable or something. (debian and the oracle software will not be as extensively be tested as redhat at oracle, because there is no business need at this point (and no organisation to pay for it). On the other hand, I assume they have tested it at a certain level, to deliver a certain degree of stability on debian.)

    To be honest, I wasn’t aware of debian-unofficial.org too. Quite interesting to know some software is administered for debian, although it can not be incorporated in debian because of the Debain Social Contract. I hope we are able to reach oracle this way!

  42. Unless Oracle makes its version Free Software, this is uninteresting to anyone interested in the Debian Social Contract. There is already one industry-strengt database in Debian and that’s PostgreSQL.

  43. Unless Oracle makes its version Free Software, this is uninteresting to anyone interested in the Debian Social Contract. There is already one industry-strengt database in Debian and that’s PostgreSQL.

  44. Cristuna said:

    Thank you. You have helped someone more than you could know.
    Konya

  45. Oyun said:

    would like to see is the oracle client in the repository!

  46. thanks a lot for this nice web site. it would be better with other languages, bur thanks..

  47. kurye said:

    Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository! great article thank you.

  48. mark said:

    Excellent site, It was pleasant to me.

  49. Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository! great article thank you.

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  52. I’m not quite familiar with oracle but if it’s dealing with open source then, it’ll be a great deal.

  53. kurye said:

    Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository!very good great article thank you.

  54. forum said:

    Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository! great article thank you.

  55. Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository!very good great article thank you.

  56. sohbet said:

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  57. I’ve seen some software been distributed as rpm archive (redhat package manager), but now oracle also has distributed the oracle XE database as deb archive.

  58. Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository! very nice. thank you.

  59. aöf said:

    Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository! very good. thank you

  60. aöf said:

    Frits Hoogland Weblog » Blog Archive » Oracle has debian repository! great article thank you.

  61. Unless Oracle makes its version Free Software, this is uninteresting to anyone interested in the Debian Social Contract. There is already one industry-strengt database in Debian and that’s PostgreSQL.

  62. Debian sarge is supported for oracle XE. I agree it would be nice to have sarge supported for the non-restricted database versions. (It is possible to make oracle EE working on sarge, see oracle’s technet)

  63. Mister said:

    what else

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