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You might also want to check out Sizing Swap Space.
For test sake I tried to install an Oracle Database 10g (Type: General Purpose Database) on a little PC with 256MB of RAM and 1 GB of swap space.
Oracle says that the system must have at least 512MB of RAM and 1GB of swap space or twice the size of RAM.
And for systems with more than 2 GB of RAM, the swap space can be between one and two times the size of RAM.
Note that 10g R2 won't fit on a single CD since it has over 780MB.EL.13.20.x86_64\ perl-HTML-Parser-3.35-6.x86_64\ xorg-x11-xfs-6.8.2-1. EL.13.20.x86_64\ perl-HTML-Tagset-3.03-30.\ ttmkfdir-3.0.9-14.1. EL.x86_64rpm -Uvh gcc-3.4.4-2.i386\ gcc-c -3.4.4-2.i386\ libstdc -devel-3.4.4-2.i386\ glibc-devel-2.3.4-2.13.i386\ glibc-headers-2.3.4-2.13.i386\ glibc-kernheaders-2.4-9.1.98.EL.i386rpm -Uvh gnome-libs-22.214.171.124.90-44.1.i386\ compat-db-4.1.25-9.i386\ ORBit-0.5.17-14.i386\ gtk -1.2.10-33.i386\ imlib-1.9.13-23.i386\ libpng10-1.0.16-1.i386\ gdk-pixbuf-0.22.0-16.el4.i386\ libungif-4.1.3-1.i386\ alsa-lib-1.0.6-5.Without this RPM, Oracle 10g OUI won't be able to recognize it as a supported OS.However, the installer of 10g 10.1.0.3 does not recognize RHEL AS 4 as a supported release yet.
On my systems I usually install a minimum list of RPMs which usually requires the installation of additional packages for Oracle databases. For 10g R2 (64-bit) on RHEL 4 x86_64, the document Oracle Database Installation Guide 10g Release 2 (10.2) for Linux x86-64 lists the following required package versions or higher: binutils-126.96.36.199.2-10. EL4 glibc-2.3.4-2 glibc-common-2.3.4-2 gnome-libs-188.8.131.52.90-44.1 libstdc -3.4.3-9. The above command will list the architecture of each binary package.