Did you know you can run Oracle RDBMS for free?
Updated on 11/25/2011 – 11gR2 now available for Windows x32 and Linux x64
Yes, there are limitations (fine print), but just about anyone can take advantage of this offering.
So, why should you care?
Maybe you are a developer, and your DBA refuses to grant you privs you need to do your job. Well, if you can run your own local copy of Oracle, you get to be your own DBA. Or maybe you just want to learn Oracle so you can be more competitive in the job market.
Express Edition (XE) is now currently at the 10gR2 version. Just announced today, 11gR2 is now available in BETA for 32-bit Windows and 64-bit Linux. You will need an OTN account, but there’s no cost for that either.
So, what are you waiting for?
After only a few hours, there are already several bloggers posting excitedly about this: