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Oracle Linux


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


Oracle Linux is an enterprise-class Linux distribution supported by Oracle and built from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Some of the special features of Oracle Linux include a custom-build and rigorously-tested Linux kernel called "Oracle Unbreakable Kernel", tight integration with Oracle's hardware and software products including most database applications, and "zero downtime patching" - a feature that enables administrators to update the kernel without a reboot.

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Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 12 review(s).


Oracle Summary
Distribution Oracle Linux
Home Page https://www.oracle.com/linux/
Mailing Lists https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/
User Forums https://community.oracle.com/community/groundbreakers/server_&_storage_systems/linux/oracle_linux
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Documentation http://docs.oracle.com/en/operating-systems/?tab=2
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-05-15: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 9.4
 • 2023-11-17: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 9.3
 • 2023-05-26: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 9.2
 • 2022-11-30: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 9.1
 • 2022-11-21: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.7
 • 2022-07-06: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 9.0
 • 2022-06-14: Development Release: Oracle Linux 9.0 Developer Preview
 • 2022-05-20: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.6
 • 2021-05-27: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.4
 • 2020-11-13: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.3
 • 2020-10-08: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.9
 • 2020-06-21: Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.2
 • More Oracle releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2023-07-10 Oracle responds to Red Hat eliminating public access to RHEL source code
 • 2021-04-06 Oracle loses API lawsuit against Google
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Feature 9.3 8.7 7.9 6.9 5.11 4.8
Release Date 2023-11-15 2022-11-16 2020-10-07 2017-03-28 2014-09-25 2009-06-02
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
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Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice -- -- -- OO.o
Processor Architecture aarch64, x86_64 aarch64, x86_64 aarch64, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd Upstart SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, XFS Btrfs, XFS Btrfs, XFS ext4, XFS ext3 ext3
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Package List 9.3 8.7 7.9 6.9 5.11 4.8
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alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.7.2 1.1.8 1.1.0 1.0.17 1.0.6
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.1 4.4.20 4.2 4.1 3.2 3.0
bind (9.18.27) 9.16.23 9.11.36 9.11.4-P2 9.8.2rc1 9.3.6-P1 9.2.4
chromium (126.0.6478.61) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.4.9) 2.3.3 2.2.6 1.6.3 1.4.2 1.3.7 1.1.22rc1
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.2 4.3.6 4.2.5 4.1.1-P1 3.0.5 3.0.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.46.5 1.45.6 1.42.9 1.42.8 1.39 1.35
firefox (127.0) 102.9.0 102.3.0 68.10.0 45.7.0 24.7.0 3.0.7
freetype (2.13.2) 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.8 2.3.11 2.2.1 2.1.9
gcc (14.1.0) 11.3.1 8.5.0 4.8.5 4.4.7 4.1.2 3.4.6
gimp (2.10.38) 2.99.8 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.6.9 2.2.13 2.0.5
glibc (2.39) 2.34 2.28 2.17 2.12 2.5 2.3.4
gnome-shell (46.2) 40.10 3.32.2 3.28.3 -- -- --
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.02 2.02beta 0.97 0.97 0.95
gtk (4.14.4) 4.4.1 3.22.30 3.22.30 2.24.23 2.10.4 2.4.13
httpd (2.4.59) 2.4.53 2.4.37 2.4.6 2.2.15 2.2.3 2.0.52
inkscape (1.3.2) 1.1.1 0.92.3 0.92.2 0.47 -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- -- -- 1.0.5 -- 0.11.14
kmod (32) 28 25 20 -- -- --
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) 7.1.8.1 6.4.7 -- -- -- 1.1.5
linux (6.9.5) 5.15.0 4.18 5.4.17 4.1.12 2.6.39 2.6.9
Package 9.3 8.7 7.9 6.9 5.11 4.8
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) 10.5.16 10.5.16 5.5.68 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (24.1.1) 22.3.0 22.1.5 18.3.4 11.0.7 6.5.1 6.8.2
mysql (8.4.0) 8.0.30 8.0.30 -- 5.1.73 5.0.95 4.1.22
nautilus (46.2) 40.2 3.28.1 3.26.3.1 2.28.4 2.16.2 2.8.1
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (22) 17.0.4.1.1 11.0.16.1.1 11.0.8 8u121 1.7.0 --
openssh (9.7p1) 8.7p1 8.0p1 7.4p1 5.3p1 4.3p2 3.9p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.7e 1.1.1k 1.0.2k 1.0.1e 0.9.8e 0.9.7a
perl (5.40.0) 2.27 5.32.1 5.16.3 5.10.1 5.8.8 5.8.5
php (8.3.8) 8.1.14 8.0.20 5.4.16 5.3.3 5.1.6 4.3.9
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.9.0) 3.5.9 3.5.8 2.10.1 2.6.6 2.3.3 2.2.10
postgresql (16.3) 15.2 13.7 9.2.24 8.4.20 8.1.23 7.4.19
Python (3.12.4) 3.9.18 3.9.13 3.6.8 2.6.6 2.4.3 2.3.4
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.3 5.15.3 5.9.7 4.6.2 3.3.6 3.3.3
samba (4.20.1) 4.18.6 4.16.4 4.10.16 3.6.23 3.0.33 3.0.33
systemd (256) 252 239 219 -- -- --
thunderbird (127.0) 102.9.0 102.3.0 -- -- -- 1.5.0.12
vim (9.1) 8.2 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.0 6.3
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- -- -- --
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 1.20.11 1.20.11 1.20.4 1.17.4 1.1.1 (6.8.2)

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Version: 9.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-10-06
Votes: 20


This is a review of Oracle Linux 9.2 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) used as a desktop operating system.
NB: A BTRFS root file system can be created by using the UEK version.

The UEK Boot ISO image was downloaded and written to a USB for installation.
The Anaconda installer is used (like Fedora, Centos, etc.) and did the job fine.
A BTRFS root file system was chosen to allow a couple of small SSDs to be set-up in a RAID 0 array for a reasonably sized system.
However, the default layout was changed to have and ext4 boot partition and a 2 GB swap partition.
The installation completed without any issues.

The installed Oracle system is operating very well, runs fast and seems extremely stable.

The Gnome desktop environment is provided with minimal applications being added during installation.
I prefer this as it allows me to chose the software applications I want, rather than ones chosen by a distro packager.
Oracle repos, RPMFusion and Flatpaks can be used to obtain additional software applications.
No difficulty has been encountered in finding any of the applications I use. Although, I did find that Oracle's CRB repo was needed in addition to Oracle's EPEL repo to install ffmpeg.
System upgrades to Firefox can lag behind official releases, so I replaced the installed version with the Flathub version.
Also, (being a desktop system) I removed the “rhn-setup” application.

All hardware was detected without any problems.
Software management can be handled by using dnf or Gnome Software. Both methods are working well.
Generally, any documentation needed has been easily found with a quick internet search.

Oracle Linux is performing very well and I suspect I'll be using it as my default desktop operating system for quite a while.


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Version: 9.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-06-24
Votes: 4


Okay, Oracle 9.2 is a BIG download, but absolutely worth doing. Distrowatch does not provide selection for 9.2 yet.
Thing is, after install I kept working on Wayland with the Noveau driver for Nvidia. Works perfectly on my desktop.
My advice is to wait a 30 seconds after the boot of Gnome for great performance and speed.
Question of software in the repos, all you need is there, but it is not Fedora. In comparison with Fedora, Oracle is minimalistic, but you can get all what is needed for the desktop.
For software I installed flatpak as if Oracle is Red Hat. Works great.
Why I do not give a 10 is I left for 2 weeks, and by return I expected at least 1 update.
There were no updates.

This is, together with Rocky Linux, the absolute best gnome distro I ever used. Did however not use Debian 12 or OpenSuSE 15.5 yet.
So if you search a great rock stable workhorse and you want it devellopped by a firm, go for Oracle. You prefer Community or other desktop, go for Rocky. Have fun.

I want to make very clear I use Oracle on my home desktop. I am a Linux user since Corel Linux and used almost all major distros including Slackware, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, Opensuse...



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Version: 9.1
Rating: 3
Date: 2023-05-27
Votes: 0


Installer sucks bad. Freezes and has other issues.
If you can't get past the installer part reliably why would you trust this to run your server?
Inconsistent release cycles. 6 releases in 12 years? Come on...no thanks.
It just feels like a very unstable and outdated RHEL clone that has nothing special to offer. Whatever this distro can do RHEL does it better. Since this is supposed to be a server distro there is literally zero reason to pick this over RHEL. None whatsoever.

On and their logo looks silly...

No sir, I didn't like it.


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