Oracle doesn't support Ubuntu, but I installed it anyway and it's doing fine. The process was tricky, though. Here's what I learned.
- RTFM. The Installation Guide is very important, more so than when installing Oracle on Windows. It has to be the primary document you work from, and follow step-by-step. Any other advice on Oracle/Ubuntu that you may Google up is secondary. Where Red Hat and SuSE directions differ, follow the Red Hat ones.
- This document is useful primarily for reassuring you that the error messages you get are OK.
- Make sure the Universe is in your Synaptic repository and install these packages: gcc, make, libxp, libaio, lesstif2, lesstif2-dev, rpm, and libdb1.
- You can't find all the packages that the install documents call for in the Ubuntu Universe. That seems to be OK; just find the ones you can.
- The magic word is
- One little misstep and you may get something broken. It took me a couple attempts. Try, try again, following that Installation Guide even more carefully.