We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution.
Rufus Choate

To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shortly after installing Ubuntu 9.10 desktop, I wanted to connect to Oracle, Oracle 10g to be specific.  I found many examples and numerous different ways.  On my third try, I found this way which is documented below.  This way seems the most complete and not too hard to maintain.

The inspiration for using this technique came from this article by LuckyStar.

Start by downloading 10201_client_linux32.zip from Oracle.  Find it here.  I created a folder in my home directory called Oracle10g and unzipped the contents of 10201_client_linux32.zip into this folder.  The results shown below.

Open a terminal window.  Run the command sudo nautilus Create the folders /usr/lib/oraHome and /usr/lib/oraInventory

Right mouse click on each new folder and choose properties.  Change the owner to the current logged in user.  I had to do this because the Oracle install would NOT allow me to run as sudo

Open a terminal window, change the directory to the client sub-folder.  For example, cd ~/Oracle10g/client

Then, run the command:  ./runInstaller -ignoreSysPrereqs

The next page shows screen shots from the Oracle Installer.  The folders used by the installer are the same folders we created above.  I never use the Easy Connect, so I canceled out of this part of the Oracle Installer which takes many screens before Oracle Installer allows me to complete

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