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RE: Personal Lab for study purposes...

From: McKown, John <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 11:10:03 -0600
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I have download Oracle 8.1.7 from their web site ( - you must sign up for OTN, which is free). I have not yet installed it. It appears to be free for personal use. There are versions for Windows (NT/2000 or 95/98). There is also a version for Linux. I run Linux at home. If you have a PC which is good enough to run WindowsNT/2000, then it is good enough to run Linux (or one of the BSDs) as well. I prefer to run Linux, myself, for two reasons: (1) it's "free" for the download (I generally buy a cheap CD at or and (2) it is very stable. I run WindowsNT 4.0 at work & my Linux system @ home seems to be a bit more stable, but not really significantly. It is really the fact that Linux is "free" that turned me on to it. It is harder to install an configure than Windows! At least when I did it about a year ago. Anyway, enough off-topic stuff, I don't want to start a "war" on Windows vs. Linux.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rahul Dandekar []
> Sent: Friday, December 01, 2000 7:21 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
> Subject: Personal Lab for study purposes...
> Hi DBAs,
> I think having a 'functional Oracle DBA lab' at home is useful thing.
> Previously I got some 'Trial Pack' CDs or Oracle 7.x which I used to use
> for 90 days or so. I donot see those packs now.
> I am planning to set up my own Oracle Server for non-commercial database
> use. I donot need Oracle Support. This will be used by me alone and for
> studying purposes only.
> I plan to purchase a new PC soon.
> Based on this, I would like to know that can I do this thing legally?
> Where are the 'Trial Packs' available these days? How long can I use
> them? Any legal issues?
> Any suggestions about OS? Planning to go for NT. Just because I want
> the efforts to be concentrated on Oracle part. Other UNIX stuff I can
> do on test machines at work which have good software and hardware
> which would be impractical to purchase at home due to price.
> Thanks and Regards,
> -Rahul
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