Many customers have asked over the past year whether we would be producing a newer version of the Oracle Database Express Edition, because it makes such a terrific starter database for students, developers, and DBAs. Well, the answer is Yes!
As of today, Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2 is available for download. As with the 10g release, this Express Edition is free of charge. To find more information about downloading the software and documentation, please visit the OTN page for Express Edition.
Remember, you can always upgrade your database to Standard or Enterprise Edition if you outgrow the resource constraints of Express Edition. So, free free to download the new release and check it out!