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Oracle on Windows vs. Linux

1. What is the difference between Oracle on Windows and Oracle on Linux?

2. What parameters differs in Windows and Linux for Oracle?

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Oracle on Windows and Oracle on Linux are essentially the same thing. They have no difference to the end user. Over 90% of your DBA tasks don't have a difference either. Where they do differ is your interaction with the OS, and the instance's interaction with the OS.

For parameters in your INIT.ORA, you won't notice a difference except in how you specify paths to file names. In Windows, a file's path will be preceeded by a drive letter and a colon, i.e. 'D:'. In Linux, each path start with just a slash, i.e. '/'

This was first published in September 2003

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