I just received word of the beta for Oracle 11 Express Edition. People have waited a long time for this and there has even been speculation about this never going to be released. Well, the beta is out now for 64-bit Linux and 32-bit Windows.
This leaves me a bit frustrated because I was hoping Oracle would follow suit with all their marketing buzz about how they really care so much about Solaris adoption. Also, the choice for 64-bit Linux is also a bit (no pun intended) controversial as there is really no need for a 64 bit system when you are limited to 1GB of SGA and most cloud offerings today only support 32 bit Linux environments.
Anyway, if you feel like me and want to rant a bit or have some feedback about XE, there is a dedicated forum on OTN.