Sunday, June 24, 2007

Thoughts on Ubuntu

I was playing around with OWB starting last weeks of May. After a bit of reading the manuals and instructions here and there, I was able to set it up on my Windows XP SP2 Home Edition. I dont hate windows (like many people), but I do love Unix like environments... However, I realized that Win XP Home ws probably not a great idea for running oracle and owb together... Not to forget that the laptop was also used at times for video streaming and dvd playing...

So, It was in first week of June that I realized that I need a Linux server to run my oracle database for experiments. I was looking for distributions and decided to go for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. Liked it immediately... Its so simple.

Comparing to my last Linux experience... in 2003-4 (with Mandrake 9), this one is simply great. :) My system is a 4 year old veteran.. Dell Inspiron 5100, P4 (2.4 GHz), running at 1.25GB RAM and 40GB HDD. I turned about 40% of the HDD for Linux.

The basic installation itself took a lot of HDD space. and then I had to shell out about 2.5 GB for the Windows Virtual Machine (Using Free VMWare) I wanted to build .. for running some windows specific client software. Which would then talk to my oracle server.

Then I spent time (a few hours every day.. much to annoyance of my wife) in setting the environment up... to make it more usable.. u know.. as in user friendly.. tested a few things.. installed this package.. that package.. stuff like that.

Eventually, I set up myself and downloaded the 10g distributions for oracle and owb. That was the easy part I guess.. because what came next to me was hell...

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