You may have noticed the flurry of posts about the new Oracle Database 23c Free Developer-Release.
In summary Oracle 23c Free is the replacement for what would have been Oracle 23c XE, but it is a developer release, so it’s not the final form of Oracle 23c Free. We should get an updated version of 23c Free once the main Oracle Database 23c release becomes GA.
Where do I get it?
If you want to install it from the RPM you can download it from here.
There is a VirtualBox appliance and a Docker image available from Oracle, so you don’t actually have to install it if you don’t want to.
How do I install it?
You have a few options here.
- Install documentation here.
- My installation article here.
- My Vagrant build here.
- VirtualBox appliance from Oracle here.
- Docker image from Oracle here.
What about your articles?
I have a 23c page on the website ready to post Oracle 23c articles here.
I’ve written a bunch of articles against the 23c beta 1 release, but I’ve not published any of them yet because of the beta program NDA. I’m going to work through them against the 23c Free developer-release, and anything that I’m allowed to publish I will. Some of the articles will have to be held back until the GA release of 23c, as they are not covered by this release.
Basically, if it is documented in Oracle Database 23c Free, I can write about it. If not, I’m still under NDA, so I will release those articles later.
The documentation is available here.
It is not the full 23c documentation set, as this is not the full release of the product.
You will notice it focusses on the application development side of things. There is no RAC and Data Guard stuff, so those subjects are off limits for now.
There is a community forum for reporting bugs here.
Have fun! Remember, this is not the final 23c release, so this is meant as a way to get used to some of the new development features in 23c, while we wait for the full release.
Remember, if you see any problems, please shout out about them! You can report bugs here.