A colleague of mine (Greg Pryzby) recently responded to a customer inquiry about Novell, SUSE Linux, and Oracle.  I felt there was some very useful information and a good overview, so I decided to post it to the blog.  Here’s a snippet from the email:

Novell and Oracle work side by side to develop and test Oracle on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) platform. Oracle supports SLES the same as Solaris, Windows, Red Hat and any other tier one operating system. Novell and Oracle have back line communications meaning when you call for support, Novell and Oracle work together as needed to solve the problem instead of ‘passing the buck’.

When you install Oracle on Linux, there is a number of commands you need to run to prepare the system that include creating accounts and setting system variables. Novell provides a package that performs all the settings for you so you don’t have to type them in. You install the package and then install Oracle. This makes the installation easier on SLES.

Snippet from Oracle FAQ:

“Will Oracle continue to support customers that are using Oracle products on Red Hat RHEL, Novell SLES, and Asianux?”

“Yes. Oracle is fully committed to all of its customers that have deployed or will deploy Oracle products—applications, middleware, database—on other Linux distributions that are currently supported, including Red Hat, Novell and Asianux. We will continue to certify and offer support for Oracle products running on these Linux distributions. However, for operating system issues users will need to work with their vendor.”

Information about Novell’s package to configure the system for Oracle is here:

Please remember that Novell does NOT charge extra for virtualized servers. You pay for the first copy of SLES you install on the server and can run as many virtualized instances you want on that server.

There are also security advantages that we would be happy to discuss with you.

Please let us know if you have any questions.