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:
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:
-oracle xe client
-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?