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My 2 cents...
Its FREE ! ! !
Be thankful we have such a high level of functionality built into a FREE product.
Everyone may "want" more, but if we all get what we want for free, then Oracle would be out of business and we would not have anything at all to work with.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone pays regardless of who receives the goods.
Yes I know too, "Oracle would be out of business and we would not have anything at all to work with."
So Oracle is the good company.
So Oracle need teach the good of Oracle Database.
We want to make a chance to see 2 cpu in XE.
We want to make a chance to see 2G in XE.
We want to make a chance to see 2 instances in XE.
I know you are the real leader of IT.
You made the way.
Please say yes.
and how about adding free hardware to run the free software on... and then a free car to drive to work where I use the free hardware running the free software...
If you only wish to "see" the database running on 2 cpus with >2gb and >1 instance, then you can always download a trial version from technet.oracle.com. You just can't use it for production.
I guess I'm just very glad Oracle provides any level of free and the limitations are not a problem for the small systems for which it is intended to be used.
Full Disclosure... I'm no longer a big stock owner, but wished I still was!!!
The majority of people will choose whatever is the most popular and promises the best value for the buck. Most people don't know much about Oracle database other than it's a good product, but also the most complicated and most expensive - even if this is no longer true. I don't think a free product would hurt Oracle business, but will attract more customers, who in return make experience with the product and purchase support or other licensed software. In a perhaps similar context, software piracy has certainly not put Microsoft out of business. I agree with the OP and think Oracle might want to consider removing the tight restrictions on XE and lead the business.
Well, I guess if your business needs more than 1 CPU and more than 1G RAM, then you can install the other versions of Oracle 11 and as you do buisiness and are supposed to earn money with, then you can buy the licenses (I saw 180$ dor 1 user... which I guess is not that expensive for business ;)
I also like free software, but this one is really of a quality that lot of free software won't get.
Well... that's my opinion only ;)