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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.2 Linux client on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

I've set myself the task of switching my desktop OS from Windows 7 to Ubuntu. No particular reason other than the challenge it sets.

Something thats not working great, when I say great I mean at all is the IBM Lotus Notes client. Having eventually found the Ubuntu download. No small effort when confronted with the IBM download site. led me to a post with the part number - CZIF5EN. Which a search on the passport site found.

Install went pretty seamlessly. Extract the .tar and run the install which launched software centre. Ran through the regular first time client setup, server name, id file etc and launched the client - IT WORKS !

Amazing, I was expecting a fight. Open inbox, open message, oh .. some serious display issues. Not so much artefacts but empty tabs and big grey boxes.

I suspect its graphics related but so far Domino is the only application to exhibit any issues. I plan on opening a TAC with IBM.

UPDATE 15/7/2011 - IBM have confirmed that support for the native client is currently restricted to Ubuntu 8 - Desktop


  1. Hi Paul

    That definitely looks less than perfect. I'll get in touch with the guys on 11.04 and see if they are aware of this happening. Not something i've seen.

  2. I'm trying a wine install now .. which actually might be better for me with admin & designer.

    Getting hooked up on the .ini write, think I've found a way around it and will blog it later if it works

    Thanks for looking and asking ..