Just want to add our voice here too... We are migrating to Intel MacOS X in a big way now and are actively evaluating the changeover cost to move to a different vendor. Given the relative stability of the MacOS X base, one would think a compile and verification run every year or so wouldn't be tremendously hard.
Any update on this? I've got to say it's really a shame that for something so trivial it's taking so long. Most development here at work will be moving to Mac OS X in the very near future and this is causing so much trouble for us.
I have to chime in, there is no logical explanation that there would be no intel port of this, except that perhaps Oracle is worried about RoR or even just Ruby ... ??
It is completely non-sensical to not actively support the #2 most popular platform.
Oracle, here's an idea: either you lose the base of arguably the most important grass-roots movement in years, or, if you need help compiling, I am sure several of us would volunteer our time (in return for the credit) under non-disclosure to do it.
Any way you slice it, we are willing to help. Its not a good business decision to pull the rug out from underneath our feet, we will find other solutions, and will begrudge Oracle the pain it causes us (hello OpenBase?)
jkestely - can you update the product management team know that there are a number of additonal people looking for this to happen?
as a previous poster noted, at any ruby on rails conference, the majority of developers are on apple computers. assuming they have purchased their computer in recent history, they all have intel macs. with things as they are currently, these people don't even have a choice of developing using your technology stack.
I work for The University of NC at Charlotte. We really need an Intel version of instantclient. We currently use PPC Xserves, but have started purchasing Intel Xserves and need this compile/install for our php apps.