RE: When is 11gR2 getting released?
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 23:55:48 -0000
Looking at Metalink Note : - 39691.1 explanation of Oracle's version numbers. I would expect lot to go wrong when first digit (Major DB release) of version number changes as opposed second digit (DB maintenance release). And normally once you have had at least 1 db maintenance release on a major database release, one could expect that all the problems introduced due to rushing the announcement of major release would be sorted out. Oracle would be under less pressure to roll out a maintenance release as opposed to Major Database release (which they might want to announce earlier to keep competitors at bay).
Oracle9i and higher:
| | | | |_ Port Specific Maintenance Release
| | | |___ Patch Sets and Patch Set CDs
| | |_____ iAS Release
| |_______ Database Maintenance Release
|_________ Major Database Release
Major Database Release - For example, "9" for Oracle9i and "10" for
Database Maintenance Release - This number signifies different releases of the version.
For example, Oracle9iDB Release 2(previously
known as 9.0.2) will be designated 9.2 iAS Releases - The main version number associated withan iAS
release should reflect the databaseversion it
is based on in the first two digits andwill
update the 3rd digit with each fullmaintenance
release. For example, the first iASrelease to
use Oracle9i (9.0.1) as the underlyingdatabase
version could be versioned 9.0.1. Thenext iAS
release to use Oracle9i (9.0) databasewill be
9.0.2, etc. When iAS begins usingOracle9i
Release 2 as its underlying client anddatabase,
the iAS version will change to 9.2.x.
Patch Sets and Patch Set CDs - The 4th digit will no longer be associated with
the overall version of the patch set.Patch sets
will be identified,instead, by the 3digit
database version to which they areapplied and
a digit that increases with every patchset,
but no more frequently. For example, thefirst
patch set for the 9.0.1 database versionwill be
called the "9.0.1 Patch Set 1". It maycontain
components with version 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, etc. The same rule applies toiAS
monthly patch bundles.
Port Specific Maintenance Release -
The OS maintenance release of a softwareproduct
on a particular OS.
Vishal GuptaReceived on Wed Jan 07 2009 - 17:55:48 CST