So, when you are trying to install the Oracle client and it dies complaining about not being able to find libraries (and you can find them via locate) then it's time to fix the stupid installer.
Note: This could be a zerog problem instead of Oracle. I'm just used to seeing Oracle ship broken software.
So, in the install directory, do the following:
backup the install script
cp cal_linux_904 cal_linux_904.bak
and fix the references in it
cat cal_linux_904.bak | sed "s/export LD_ASSUME_KERNEL/#xport LD_ASSUME_KERNEL/" > cal_linux_904
The installer should run fine afterwards.
Then you may bask in the beautiful Oracle GUI :-)
FYI: I ripped off this solution from
Posted here because student sites tend to be somewhat volitile