How to connect Mono in Linux to Oracle

Long post about all the steps I did can be found here: How I managed to connect from Mono in Linux to Oracle

If you are using ServiceStack.OrmLite it is extremely easy in the end:

Attention! This solution might bring problems with it if you need timezone aware TimeStamps and TimeSpans in Oracle. Use it with caution.

After a lot of searching, the simplest solution was to modify ServiceStack.OrmLite.Oracle to use Oracle's manged driver. For it to work, I had to remove the OracleTimestampConverter, because Oracle's managed driver doesn't have the GetClientInfo function in the OracleGlobalization class. The code changes can be seen on GitHub. I've also published these changes as a package on NuGet.

The beauty of this solution is that you don't need anything extra anymore. You can take for instance my Ubuntu-mono Docker image, configure your driver and ConnectionString in web.config

    <remove invariant="Oracle.ManagedDataAccess.Client" />
    <!-- If any should be in the machine.config -->
    <add name="Oracle Data Provider for .NET" invariant="Oracle.ManagedDataAccess.Client" description="Oracle Data Provider for .NET" type="Oracle.ManagedDataAccess.Client.OracleClientFactory, Oracle.ManagedDataAccess, Version=, Culture=neutral" />
  <clear />
  <add name="OracleContext" providerName="Oracle.ManagedDataAccess.Client" connectionString="DATA SOURCE=<IP_ADDRESS>:1521/XE;PASSWORD=<PASSWORD>;USER ID=<USER_ID>;Connection Timeout=600;Validate Connection=true" />

... and it is WORKING!