Already a lot others blogged about Oracle 11g (for Linux) is available for download. A direct link to the homepage of Oracle Database 11g.
Oracle proofs again why it's a leader and innovator in the database market. In 11g you get again a lot of new features.
Some of the new features I think can be really useful in an APEX environment:
- Real Application Testing
- SecureFiles (next generation of LOB)
- Result Cache (storing the results of queries and PL/SQL functions)
- Enhancements in XML, Text, Spatial and Medical Imaging
- Oracle Flashback Data Archive
- PL/SQL improvements for ex. native compilation
- APEX 3.0.1 out-of-the-box
John Scott already installed Oracle Database 11g (with APEX) and blogged about it here and here. He mentioned a difference in release: where the standalone APEX 3.0.1 has a version number of 3.0.1.00.07, the version in 11g is 3.0.1.00.08.
Carl Backstrom told there were some minor bug fixes, which explains the difference at the very end of the number. Carl also blogged about a new thing he's working on (which I expect will probably be in some of the next releases of APEX). Next to the declarative AJAX support (which will be improved with every APEX version), he now talks about "tags". Have a look on his blog! I see these tags useful to give users the availability to create some "shortcuts" on their screen to parts of the application they use most.