I have nothing against any Linux distribution, but I would recommend you
a very careful approach to RHEL alternatives to run Oracle.
Oracle curently supports RH and SuSE only. The versions are in line with
respective distros. In any case, Oracle will act as a single point of
contact for both OS and its own software for certified configurations.
Metalink note 287453.1 will help you to clarify several aspects.
Metalink "Certify" button shows exactly what is currently supported and
scheduled for desupport.
The primary concern is related to patches, both OS and Oracle. If you
are running the DB engine only, most patches are generic, possibly not
raising major issues. However if you have iAS and 11i the situation
becomes far more demanding.
In any case, having different OS (or just versions) for test and
production is a considerable risk. Some patches may work fine for some
configurations (eg. versions relying on glibc 188.8.131.52.3 for RH and
2.95.3 for UL), but minor differences may break lots of things.
I am available o discuss this topic further. Please feel free to write
me directly if I may help to clarify any aspect.
Subject: [ILUG] RHEL Clone
From: James McCarthy <mccarthyjames at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 14:15:51 +0100
To: Irish Linux Users' Group <ilug at linux.ie>
im thinking(have probalbly already decided) about using CentOS instead
would be putting oracle on it(for testing, not production), and i
wanted to know what experience has anyone else had?
and are there any traps i need to look out for?
if this works out i'll be rolling CentOS out across the board.
and what about Tao/WhiteBox linux? anyone triend em?
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