Oracle releases free database

By   |  October 31, 2005

Oracle has released its entry-level database, Oracle Database XE, which can be used for development or deployed as a live system at no cost and runs on 32-bit Linux.

Called a “starter” database by Oracle, all applications and data created in XE can be ported to Standard Edition One, Standard Edition, or Enterprise Edition without change.

The license limits the scalability of the database. The database may not exceed 4GB; only a single instance of XE may be run on any one server; it may only use one processor in a server; and it can only use up to 1GB of RAM. The database is also limited to 32-bit operating systems.

If you\’re happy with those limitations, the database is free to download, develop for and distribute. Oracle expects the users of the database to include developers creating applications for the larger 10g databases, ISVs deploying a light embedded database with an application, and both DBAs and educational institutes who can use XE for training or deployment.

XE includes a management browser interface to monitor database activity and manage database users, storage, and memory. Programming options for database application development include Java, C, C++, PHP, Windows .Net, and Oracle\’s HTML DB.

Oracle XE also runs on 32-bit Microsoft Windows.

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