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Old 09-28-2004, 11:50 AM   #1
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Howdy kids. Ive been an SQL DBA on Windows for a bit now and want to swithc to Linux/ Oracle. Can someone recommend a good book/ cd set for a Linux newbie like me? Also, does Linux have a Windows like Terminal Services tool that I can use to log in from another box. (Windows) Also I know theres lots of flavors of Linux out there. Whats the difference? Im looking for one that can provide me both a GUI and an Command Line tool.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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All have these...

Actually Linux has VNC.. which is the equivalent to Terminal Services... and older than terminal services...

You do understand that Oracle is incredible expensive and MySQL or PostreSQL are both Fantastic performing databases as well as OpenSource (free) right?? Oracle is like $10,000+ per processor...

All distro's can provide you with a GUI and command line.. and if your not around you can just kill the X Server (graphical environment) and drop down to command console... that way your system resources aren't being eaten up by the graphical environment...

If you're looking for production servers... I have several recommendations...

1. SuSE (9.1 Professional {free} or SLES 9 {not-so-free}: Both are terrific and extremely capable... Actually of the SuSE items I would recommend going to Best Buy/CompUSA/etc.. and picking up the box set of SuSE 9.1 Professional, as it comes with Administration manual and User manual, as well 5 installation CDs and 1 DVD installation CD, plus you get a license key to activate on the SuSE portal for online help straight from SuSE...

2. Red Hat Professional Workstation (RHEL WS): Red Hat Professional Workstation and Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3 are the exact same disc. The only diff. is the level of support from Red Hat. PW is $100 and RHEL WS 3 is $300... RHEL WS gives you 24x7 phone tech support from Red hat plus the first year of updates, patches, etc.. Pro Workstation gives you all the same updates but with only 60 or 90 days of installation/setup tech support... - Of these I would recommend Pro Workstation... you have your support right here...

3. Debian: A great server OS... free of charge...Simple package management. But no corporate support... Debian is not a company.. it's an organization focused on the development of the OS... Also a great Choice...

4. Slackware 10: Slackware is also free, without corporate support.. But it is an incredibly robust and stable OS... Generally one of the last to include the newest releases of certain packages... because they go through rigorous testing to make sure it is rock solid rather than cutting-edge.


Well there you have it.. my opinion..

I've use all of these... and they are all very capable for your needs... I would again like to recommend taking a look at MySQL and PostreSQL for database rather than Oracle..

Good Luck!

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Old 09-28-2004, 12:13 PM   #3
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Some additional suggestions

http://distrowatch.com/
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz #Very good tutorial
www.google.com/linux

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Old 09-28-2004, 12:13 PM   #4
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I know about the cost of Oracle, but this is for learning purposes only. Do you happen to know if Oracle works on all the versions you mentioned? Im having trouble with they're link. Also, which of these would you say is most newbie friendly? Im starting to think SuSe.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 12:51 PM   #5
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Here's a bunch of documentation from Oracle. Scroll down a bit and you'll find the Linux-related content. Good luck with it -- J.W.

http://www.oracle.com/technology/doc...tabase10g.html
 
Old 09-28-2004, 12:56 PM   #6
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FYI:
Oracle are very tight with Redhat, their Linux clustering RAC (Real Application Clusters) was written on RH...
Just be sure you get compatible versions of RH and Oracle if you get them separately... they change all the time.
If you go to www.whiteboxlinux.net, you can get RH Enterprise Linux version free (and it's legal)
 
Old 09-28-2004, 01:20 PM   #7
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I would say that SuSE is probably the most user friendly... and you should have no problem running Oracle under SuSE...

You said it is for learning purposes only... Are you saying that there is a freely downloadable version of oracle for educational purposes?? If so I'd like to see a link... as I have always wanted to try it out, but understood that they didn't offer educational releases... I know DB2 does... so I tried that, but kept going back to MySQL and Postgre...
 
Old 09-28-2004, 01:29 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by halo14

You said it is for learning purposes only... Are you saying that there is a freely downloadable version of oracle for educational purposes?? If so I'd like to see a link... as I have always wanted to try it out, but understood that they didn't offer educational releases... I know DB2 does... so I tried that, but kept going back to MySQL and Postgre...

Actually that was just an assupmption on my part. Im now technically about an hour in to doing any research for any of this. I just assumed I could get it from either the site or a book.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 09:56 AM   #9
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As far as I know, you can't download Oracle... But I would tell you to work with MySQL anyways.. it has terrific performance... and you can do just about anything with it..

I think this site runs on MySQL actually... though I'm not 100% on that...
 
  


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