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Lotus Notes 8.5.2 + Ubuntu 10.10 = working, out of the box

September 27, 2010 4 comments

Wow, they got it all right this time. Everything works without any tinkering – thanks IBM, you made my day. Seriously.

Disclaimer: On x86 that is.

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Lotus Notes 8.5 / A gdk Window is being destroyed out of DestroyWindow / Ubuntu 10.4 /

April 7, 2010 6 comments

Pretty much works out of the box using the .deb’s. Pretty much, because … well, it’s Notes after all.

If you are experiencing the dreaded “A gdk Window is being destroyed out of DestroyWindow” error when starting Notes in a Terminal (or your basic Mail/Calendar/whatever windows are simply not visible/not appearing), follow this bug report on launchpad.

Cliff Notes:

Don’t forget to change Notes’ default fonts. They suck. Other than that, works beautifully in my environment.

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Lotus Notes 8.5 install under Sabayon Linux 5.0

October 11, 2009 10 comments

Interestingly painless…

  • Download the .deb version of the Notes client from IBM
  • tar xfv <downloaded_archive>
  • unpack the Notes client and Sametime with ar x ibm_lotus_notes-8.5.i586.deb and ar x ibm_lotus_sametime-8.5.i586.deb into separate directories
  • unpack data.tar.gz and control.tar.gz in both directories (tar xfvz <archive>)
  • elevate your ego to higher levels (aka become root)
  • move the files in opt from the respective Notes client and Sametime directories to /opt
  • in the Notes client directory, open postinst. Around line 254 comment out some lines and add one  so it looks like this:

  • # If on a Debian system, check to see if we have previously written an
    # upgrade marker. If so, then set the action to "upgrade". This is to
    # handle the fact that even on an upgrade, a Debian postinst script action
    # is "configure", which doesn't give us an ability to distinguish initial
    # install and upgrade functions that we need to perform.
    #if [ -e /etc/debian_version ]; then
    # if [ -e /tmp/ibm_lotus_notes.upgrade ]; then
    # DPKG_ACTION="upgrade"
    # rm -f /tmp/ibm_lotus_notes.upgrade
    # else
    # DPKG_ACTION="$1"
    # fi
    #fi
    # ADD THIS LINE
    DPKG_ACTION="configure"

  • execute postinst in both directories
  • start Notes and *cough* enjoy *cough*

This of course only applies to the Gnome Edition of Sabayon. Your mileage may vary when using the KDE Edition – will probably have to install lots of Gnome packages and their dependencies.

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Thank you IBM!

… for making Notes 8.5 Beta 1 available in .deb packages. Works beautifully (well, it’s still ye’olde sluggish Notes, but hey…), looks good, good font rendering, no ‘beta-related’ crashes so far. I love you for that. Srsly. No more using that broken crap installer.

… I still hate you for creating/buying Notes tho.

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Installing Lotus Notes 8 on Kubuntu Hardy 8.04

Since I gave in and switched from Sidux to the new Kubuntu 8.04 – simply because Sidux just was too bleeding edge for my work rig, too many kernel switches and the new 2.6.25 totally borking my Cisco VPN Client – I had to install Lotus Notes 8.01 … Again. And it was horror again. So just for future reference I should write down what made it work.

Stuff you need to install/do on a stock Kubuntu:

# sudo apt-get install libstdc++5 libgnomecanvas2-0 \
  libgnomeprint2.2-0 libgnomeprintui2.2-0 \
  libgnomevfs2-0 libgnome2-0 libgnomeui-0
# cp <notesinstalldatadirectory>/deploy/install.xml /root
# sudo mkdir -p /etc/lotus/notes
# sudo touch /etc/lotus/notes/notesrc

Launch Installer, install away. Should work. At least did the job for me.

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