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No, you can only log service requests with Oracle Support against fully supported products, such as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2, and all the Oracle Database Cloud Services.
No, patches will not be released for Oracle Database Free. To obtain patches you must be on a fully supported edition, such as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition or Oracle Database Standard Edition 2.
Yes, an Oracle Linux-based Docker image can be pulled via
docker pull container-registry.oracle.com/database/free
Yes, you can download the Oracle Virtual Box image, Oracle Database AppDev VM, which contains Oracle Database Free.
Oracle Database Free supports up to:
Oracle Database Free does not restrict the environment in which it can be deployed. However, Oracle Database Free is not supported and does not receive any patches, including security patches. Oracle recommends running production deployments on fully supported Oracle Database editions or cloud services.
The full list of features included and not included in Oracle Database Free can be seen in the Oracle Database Licensing Guide.
You can migrate your XE environment by using Oracle Data Pump export/import from the old XE environment to the new Oracle Database Free one.
For more information, please review Chapter 8, “Moving from Previous Versions of Oracle Database XE to Oracle Database Free” in the installation guide.
Plugging an Oracle Database Free PDB into an EE/SE2 Container Database (CDB) is currently not supported.
Plugging an EE/SE2 PDBs into Oracle Database Free CDBs is currently not supported.
You can convert your character set by using Data Pump export/import to export the data, create a new database with your desired character set, and import the data again. For further information, please see the Database Utilities Documentation.