The Hardware and Software
The project machine:
- AMD 64 X2 3800+ CPU
- 4 x 1 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB total)
- 4 x Seagate ST380013AS 80GB SATA150 drives
- a Seagate ST3400633A 400GB ATA drive in an external USB enclosure.
I chose openSUSE 11.1 64bit as the operating system because SUSE Linux is one of the distributions supported by Oracle and their Oracle on openSUSE document and accompanying PDF files seemed the most solid place to start.
Oracle requires and/or recommends swap space equal to physical memory for installations with 2GB to 8GB of memory. I figured 4 SATA disks with 1GB swap files would be good. I did some research and there are too many arguments for and against multiple small versus one large swap file; so I took the most painful route of four times the work. The rest of disk one is root which will contain /opt and /u01 for software and initial databases. For the first round I used the rest of the disk space for /u02, /u03 and /u04.