Kevin Kempf's Blog

November 1, 2011

RDBMS 11.2.0.3 is out

Filed under: 11g, Support — kkempf @ 9:47 am

Discovery

So I’m reading the components to update for CPU 1011 which came out a few weeks ago, and I noticed that if I upgrade my RDBMS to 11.2.0.3 I don’t have to apply the RDBMS CPU patch.  Hmm, didn’t even know 11.2.0.3 was out, but there it is, 23-Sep-2011.

$&@!

Then I remembered Oracle’s awesome new plan about one-off patches.  They’re not patches anymore.  In fact, I don’t even understand why they call it 11.2.0.3 patch set for oracle database server.  It’s 5.1gb, a complete base install:

Ladies and Gentlemen, the world's largest patch, brought to you by the world's slowest support site!

HTTP transfers

Perhaps the issue is our corporate internet, but in my experience, http is an awful way to download files on a massively shared pipe.  I think it took me 4 weeks to download R12.  Basically, without error correction or the ability to resume, the http downloads just “die” silently in the browser. Oracle, if you’re going to make me download 5.1gb every time you come out with a one-off patch, how about an sftp site, java downloader, something more professional than http?  Do we have to go back to the days when I contact support and have them send me a bunch of physical media?

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