RE: ot - laptop for dba

From: Blanchard, William <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:11:31 -0500
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If your purpose is to play with 11g, then you really only have two options (well, ok, three via VirtualBox/VMWare/Parallels) Windoze or Linux. 11g isn't available yet for Mac and, if memory serves, it took about 3 or 4 years from the initial release of 10g for the Mac version to come out. If you use Solaris at work, you can install OpenSolaris on a partition so your environment is similar to what you'll see at work.    

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[] On Behalf Of Claudia Zeiler Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 2:24 PM
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Subject: RE: ot - laptop for dba  

Guys, Thank you all for the input.

My use of this laptop is mainly to play with the new features of 11g. I gather that that is a definitive "You will have to install a VM to run 11g on Mac." I know that the install SHOULD go smoothly. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. I think that I'll stick to a windows machine or maybe finally get a Linux one as I have been threatening ever since I got my Vista machine.

Thank you all for the informed input.


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> Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 12:51:06 -0500
> Subject: Re: ot - laptop for dba
> Claudia,
> Yeap, as John said, oracle 10 run on Mac natively without any problem.
Have yet to try oracle 11 though.
> In short, as long as its not a serious database that require support,
that would not be a good reason to avoid Mac.
> On 2010-05-31, at 1:36 PM, John Piwowar wrote:
> > Hi Claudia,
> >
> > It *is* possible to have a toy database running natively on a Mac,
with the caveat that it's only. You also have the option of running other versions in a virtualized environment, which is mostly pain-free. :-) It can also be cost-free, since Oracle's Virtualbox product is a free download.
> >
> > FWIW, I've been a Mac-using DBA for 5 years, and I'm very happy with
the platform. I'm sure that the last thing the list needs/wants is a Mac/Windows/Linux religious discussion, though, so no prosyletizing from me! ;-)
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > John P.
> >
> > (Strange spelling? iPhone's fault. Strange content? Alas, that's all
> >
> >
> > On May 31, 2010, at 10:01 AM, Claudia Zeiler <>
> >
> >>
> >> Time for a new laptop. Shall I switch to a Mac? I have seen DBA's
using Macs, but I wonder, do any have a toy database on the Mac? How? There is no Oracle certified for Mac that I know of.
> >>
> >> Thanks for any tips.
> >>
> >> -Claudia
> >>
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