19.1 will not require SYS for an install.
Thanks thatJeffSmith-Oracle, this is great news! I can't wait to try it out in AWS/RDS.
Just out of curiosity, any idea if the issue I described above is what has driven this change? Also, do you know what minimum APEX version would ORDS 19.1 support?
The change will allow for Oracle Cloud managed services to have user maintained ORDS installs. That's the main driver.
Check the APEX support policy, it will support whatever version of APEX is still supported.