Oracle unveils free database
Hoping to appeal to smaller businesses and fend off competition from open-source rivals, Oracle released a free version of its database software. Oracle announced Oracle(r) Database 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), a free, starter edition of the world's leading database software. This new edition of Oracle Database 10g offers application developers, database administrators (DBAs) and students a free starter database to develop and deploy their applications. It is also freely available for independent software vendors (ISVs) and hardware vendors to distribute or embed with their applications and products. Oracle Database XE is built on the Oracle Database 10g Release 2 code base and is fully compatible with the family of Oracle Database products including Oracle Standard Edition One, Oracle Standard Edition and Oracle Enterprise Edition. Users can start small, choose to upgrade to other editions of Oracle Database 10g as demand grows, and move their applications to other editions without changes. Oracle Database XE is available on 32-bit Linux and Windows operating systems, and can be installed on any supported hardware platform. As a free, starter database, Oracle Database XE: * uses at most one CPU or one dual core of processing capability; * memory usage is kept below one gigabyte (GB); * is limited to a single instance per system; and, * stores up to four GB of user data. The beta version of Oracle Database XE is available for download from the Oracle Technology Network at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/xe.