DBA's Guide to Databases Under Linux by David Egan, Paul Zikopoulos, Jamieson Becker, Chris Rogers

By David Egan, Paul Zikopoulos, Jamieson Becker, Chris Rogers

In order to bring up its marketshare and possibility to home windows NT, Oracle8 was once ported to Linux in past due 1998, starting the preferred database to an extra 10 million Linux clients around the world. the provision of Oracle8 permits present Linux clients to install enterprise-class functions at in your price range and offers a substitute for Microsoft home windows NT. This publication covers that marriage of the preferred database and the quickest becoming working system.

* whole assurance. Covers either Oracle8i and Oracle8i Lite, in addition to Oracle purposes, Oracle purposes Server, and Oracle Developer
* companies and Oracle database directors may be trying to find details on Linux as is will get followed - this publication suits the bill
* Covers progress markets and fills a necessity for info no longer coated elsewhere

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All databases support the basic four SQL constructs : SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE . In addition, all should support the basic user and table schema that is used to create and manage database tables and use r permissions. Advanced Features The two most notable advanced features are BLOBs and XML . BLOBs allow large binary objects, such as images, to be stored in the database . Oracle and several other databases support BLOBs . XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is a relatively new technology . Similar to HTML, XML is a subset of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) .

16 Chapter 1 • The Linux Operating Syste m Considerations Before Upgrading o r Migratin g Upgrading a large user client base will take resources and time . No mat ter how you try to tackle it, it will be a major undertaking . You will need to take into account the current state of your network, network cabling , and network bandwidth to ensure that proper performance specification s are met . Training users will be required only if their current applicatio n or applications are from a completely different database server type .

14 Chapter 1 • The Linux Operating Syste m Turbo Linux 4. 0 Turbo Linux is a solid performer with a cheap price as low as $20 (lists a t $49) and a $199 server edition that includes some commercial product s like BRU as well as excellent support services . This is also a Red Hat based distribution with its own set of installation and management utilities. Red Hat Linux 6 . 1 is the preferred version with most of the market shar e according to almost all the surveys on Lin-ux . The X-based installation is very slick (some details shown earlier) and includes some Red Hat specifi c utilities such as DiskDruid and Kickstart to name a few .

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