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Oracle 8.1.7 End of Support

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Hi,
    I am currently working with 8.1.7, and I am wondering if anybody knows when will Oracle stop support of this release???

Does anybody know???
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The following notice will help you to get oriented in the state of the art.

Be aware that Oracle issued a desupport notice on Oracle 8.0.5 last year.
Product:  Oracle8, version 8.0.5
Error Correction Support ends on:     June 30, 2000
Extended Assistance Support ends on:      June 30, 2003
This means any errors found in 8.0.5 since June last year are not going to be fixed. All support stops in June 2003.

Error correction support for Oracle8, Release 8.0.6 is also scheduled to cease on 30 September 2001.

It appears Oracle are pushing people to use 8.1.7 at the moment, though the users are sure 8.1.6 still has life in it!

My prediction is that 8.1.7 will be supported for years.

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Schwertner,
           thank you for your concise and prompt answer.
It is greatly appreciated.

Spikejp
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Hi Spikejp,
thanks for the points!

I just found this info:

Why Move to Oracle9i Database:
Oracle9i Database will support the second wave of the internet revolution into the wireless world. It is a leap past the technology of Oracle8i, not only in Java support but also in both scalability and recoverability.

Clustering technology is finally here, allowing you to scale dynamically and instantly (Compaq's True 64-bit).
You can change table storage, index operations, analyze tables and indexes, change partitions, and add partitions while the database is in use, minimizing downtime.
Oracle9i Database provides the options for trial recovery as well as resumable recovery, minimizing recovery time.
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You can change data cache and shared pool without database restarts, increasing performance. For example:
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download/author.html#niemiecr.  
db_block_buffers becomes db_cache_size
buffer_pool_keep (recycle) becomes db_keep_cache_size
(recycle)


You can use multiple block sizes?for example, small block sizes for systems with heavy transaction processing and large block sizes for data warehouses:
db_block_size (main cache uses this block size)
db_2k_cache_size, db_4k_cache_size... db_32k_cache_size
(specify these)


You can perform system-managed undo instead of using rollback segments, saving maintenance time:
undo_management, undo_tablespace, and undo_retention
(be careful setting these).

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