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What do I need to install on my Ubuntu Linux to connect to remote Oracle Database Server using my username and password?

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You need a SQL client.

I recommend Oracle SQL Developer: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html

With this client you can connect to many RDBMS including Oracle.

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do i need sql client even if I want to connect from java –  torayeff Dec 17 '12 at 8:28
    
Java SDK should come out of the box with a bunch of drivers that allow you to connect to Oracle and various dbs. Checkout JDBC API. –  Joe Dec 17 '12 at 9:02

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