Oracle Press Release

Oracle® Database 10g Express Edition Wins LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award for Best Database Solution

Independent Panel of Open Source Experts Reward Innovative Starter Edition of World-Renowned Oracle Database

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.,   April 13, 2006 06:00 AM

News Facts

Oracle today announced that Oracle® Database 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), the free, starter edition of its world-renowned database, received the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award for "Best Database Solution."

The awards were presented at last week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston, where an independent panel of Linux and open source industry professionals recognized Oracle Database XE as the most innovative and important database solution running on Linux. Divided into 12 product categories, the awards recognize product and service innovations.

"It is an honor to be recognized as the best database solution on the Linux platform," said Monica Kumar, director of product marketing, Oracle. "This award underscores Oracle's long-standing commitment to the Linux and developer communities. With Oracle Database XE, developers, DBAs, students and ISVs can realize the benefits of using enterprise-class database technology for free."

Since introducing the first database to run on Linux in 1998, Oracle has been committed to furthering Linux adoption. With its production debut in February 2006, Oracle Database XE has received strong global uptake by Java, .NET, PHP and database developers; database administrators (DBA); students; and independent software vendors (ISV) who are using it to develop and deploy applications on Linux and Windows. Built on the Oracle Database 10g Release 2 code base, Oracle Database XE is fully compatible with the entire family of Oracle Databases, and enables a simple upgrade path to Oracle Standard Edition One, Oracle Standard Edition and Oracle Enterprise Edition. In addition, Oracle Database XE allows developers and non-developers to take full advantage of Oracle Application Express for rapid Web application development and deployment, using a simple Web browser interface.

Free to Develop, Deploy and Distribute

Oracle Database XE is generally available on a wide range of 32-bit Linux operating systems, including Mandriva Linux 2006 Power Pack+, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and SUSE Linux 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Fedora and Ubuntu and Windows. The software can be downloaded for free from the Oracle Technology Network at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/xe. Oracle Database XE is available for download, usage and distribution at no charge. For terms, conditions and restrictions read the FAQ at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/xe/pdf/dbxe_faq.pdf.

Oracle offers a free online forum for registered users to discuss topics related to Oracle Database XE usage. The forum is community based, engages many active participants, is monitored by Oracle Database experts and is available through: http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/xe/forum.html.

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