For those who follow blogs but not twitter, Kris Rice posted a screen shot from an 11g Express Edition test.
Still no delivery date, but there never is until it actually happens. They don't need an OpenWorld or anything to announce it.
The interesting items are that
1. "64 bit" is there at the top. Sure, five years ago they could just deliver a 32-bit version. But the memory limits on that mean that most desktops will be 64-bit soon, let alone server deployments. We're all being upgraded to Windows-7 at our offices next month, with a 64-bit deployment. 32-bit is end-of-life unless you are on a netbook.
32-bit is limited to 4GB (or 2GB/3GB usable in Windows depending on various settings). It would be nice if the 64-bit support meant that they were removing the memory limit or massively upgrading it. I think I'm being too greedy though.
2. 188.8.131.52. Looks like they'll match the XE version number to the mainstream versions, which would be useful. It probably makes things cleaner from the documentation point of view as well.
Previous 11gXE mentions have given it a 10GB database size limit and that Apex won't be included by default, but can be installed. I suspect it will still exclude the JVM, but would be happy to be proven wrong.
Anyway, I'll keep my fingers crossed and maybe we'll get some extra Oracle lovin' for Valentine's Day