8.0.1 up and running

So after some initial problems Lotus Notes 8.0.1 installed without problems on WinXP and on Ubuntu.

But: Where is the Widget and LiveText feature in my Ubuntu version? Menu is missing, preferences entries as well.

Update: No Widget in Linux Version of Notes 8.0.1. Very disappointing. “We ran out of time. We wanted it in there, but ran out of time for this release.”

4 Responses to “8.0.1 up and running”


  • I’ve been having a hard time getting Notes working under Ubuntu. I’ve tried to install Notes 7.0.3 and 8.0 and 8.0.1.

    On my laptop I had Ubuntu 7.10 64bit and could never get that to work. Tried under 8.04 64bit with same results. I guess my only hope is when 8.5 comes out with hopefully 64bit support?

    But I’ve also recently installed Ubuntu 8.04 32bit on my desktop and tried the Notes 8.0.1 install and it fails to install graphically. Tried console, and no luck either.

    How did you get it working? Are you 32bit or 64bit? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Gennady, there is no way to get Notes running on Ubuntu 64 bit without lots of work.

    My Lotus Notes runs on 32 bit Ubuntu, and it works pretty good.

    64bit is not supported, and IBM ignores 64bit on the client side unfortunatly. there are NO (!) plans to support Lotus Notes on 64bit Linux according to my IBM reps.

    We have found a way to get it running on 64bit, but I would not recommend it.

    When I return from my travel I can send you the setup guide if you email me.

  • Thanks so much for your response. I’ve since gotten 8.0.1 to work on my desktop Ubuntu 8.0.4 32bit following instructions I found on notes.net but I can’t get the spell checker to work, keeps giving me “error loading spell checker engine”. Any Ideas?

    So you’re saying 8.5 that’ll officially support Ubuntu won’t have 64bit support? Ouch! Wow I really hope that’s going to change.

    Btw, here’s a link and info on what I followed, maybe it’ll help others:
    http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd8forum.nsf/0/a35a70e0cb131b65852574420077ecb3?OpenDocument

    Start a terminal session, and “cd” your way to the directory where you have the installation files(setup.sh , installdata and updateSite.zip + the deploy directory)

    log in as root:

    $ su root

    I set the default command interpreter to bash, based on suggestions on this forum… I don’t think that is necessary, though, but this is what I did:

    $ ln -sf bash /bin/sh

    Copy one installation file to root’s home directory:

    $ cp deploy/install.xml /root

    If you do not copy the install.xml-file to /root, the installer will fail with an error message that notesrc-file is missing…..

    $ ./setup.sh -console

    This starts the install in text-mode. I have not been able to get the graphical installer running…

    When installation has finished, you should restore the sh command interpreter to dash:

    $ ln -sf dash /bin/sh

    Exit the terminal session, and start Notes from the Program menu ( Program/Office/Lotus Notes 8 ) (assuming you are logged in to X-windows system using your normal login account).

  • Installed 8.5 beta 1 on Ubuntu 8.0.4 32bit. Much easier install since it’s a couple of .DEBs but same issue with the spell checker. One of the developers posted a solution:
    Apparently there’s a dependency on libstdc++.so.5

    http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf/7756aedc25e6d81285256324005ac76c/ffeb2731d0aa62968525745c004df3af?OpenDocument

    However, as you stated, still nothing for the 64bit edition.

    But I guess this is because of the JVM? As far as I know there is currently no 64bit JVM from Sun until Java 7 is officially released. I know that Notes 8.x uses the IBM JVM in their Eclipse environment but I suspect they too don’t have a 64bit JVM for that?

    Either way.. Too bad. Guess it won’t be until 9 that there’s be native 64bit support. I wonder if someone has already figured out which 32bit libs are required — I’d love to try it. Although once I disabled Compiz, I was able to run 7.0.3 in Wine without issue but it’s not 8.x. 🙁

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