Lotus Notes v8.0

Intro

This was written for the Notes client, 8.0, however it is well worth getting the latest version as each new version shows worthwhile improvements in useability for Linux users.
Notes client v 8.0 works ok but requires some tweaks to get working correctly. Before you start, backup several Lotus Notes system files, this will enable you to preserve your workspace icons and system settings. Notes seems to do a good job of migrating desktop settings between versions and operating systems. For the files you will need, see:- http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/dominowiki.nsf/dx/03312009051020PMWEBSU3.htm

Libraries

After the initial install which ran smoothly, the client opened up and connected to the server without a problem. Workspace icons showed up ok, but clicking on one failed to open, for example the mail application. Fix is to install some libraries as replacements for the Notes supplied ones.
FIXME - confirm which of these is responsible.....
libalsatoss.so.0.0.0
libaoss.so.0.0.0
libart_lgpl_2.so.2.3.17
libart_lgpl.so.2.2.0
libavahi-client.so.3.2.2
libavahi-common.so.3.4.3
libavahi-glib.so.1.0.1
libbonoboui-2.so.0.0.0
libdbus-1.so.3.2.0
libdbus-glib-1.so.2.1.0
libeel-2.so.2.20.0
libgcrypt.so.11.2.2
libgnome-desktop-2.so.2.3.13
libgnome-keyring.so.0.1.1
libgnome-menu.so.2.1.16
libgnomeprint-2-2.so.0.1.0
libgnomeprintui-2-2.so.0.1.0
libgnomeui-2.so.0.2000.0
libgnomevfs-2.so.0.1800.1
libgnutls-extra.so.13.0.9
libgnutls-openssl.so.13.0.9
libgnutls.so.13.0.9
libMrm.so.3.0.2
libpangohack.so.0.0
libstartup-notification-1.so.0.0.0
libtasn1.so.3.0.6
libUil.so.3.0.2
libXm.so.3.0.2

Fonts

From:- Fonts
I run Ubuntu 64-bit and have never managed to install lotus notes 8 client - the install always failed. Having just upgraded to Gutsy I thought I would give it another try. I had to run the installer a few times and install some 32-bit libs but it worked and there was notes 8 in the menu. Great. But then I logged in and the fonts were unreadable. You can easily change the default fonts and by changing them to Arial I did get something readable - with a magnifying glass! Then I found a post (sorry - lost the link) that said add Display_font_adjustment=5 to notes.ini This worked (I ended up turning this down to a value of 0.5 and text was still very readable) for most windows but the login, spell check and error message boxes were all still the original unreadable font. Turns out that the default font is Luxi which is available in the ttf-xfree86-nonfree package. Now at least all notes windows are readable.

Unable to open attachments directly
See http://harmonypirate.blogspot.com/search/label/lotus notes
IBM - Attachments do not open from Lotus Notes for Linux Client when Open, Edit, or View is chosen in the 'Open Attachment' dialog: When a customer clicks an attachment within the Lotus Notes® client for Linux®, the Open Attachment dialog box provides the customer with options to Open, Edit, or View the attachment. When any of these three options are opened the dialog box disappears and no action is taken.
Generally, this problem is seen with attachments that are not of a common file type in Linux. However, this problem can also occur for common Linux file types such as odt and pdf.
For Lotus Notes 8 for Linux, the paths are a little different than above.
You do the following as root, btw.
mv /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/openwith /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/openwith.old
ln -s $(which kde-open) /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/openwith

And my example is for KDE. Replace kde-open with gnome-open for GNOMErs.

Other References

http://www.desktux.nl/wiki/Notes#Lotus_Notes_8.5.x

Display font sizes

A former colleague had vision problems and the default font size Notes uses was too small. We found the following tweak to make the default font size bigger. This may break some text formatting however.
This fix works for all platforms, add the following to notes.ini:-
Display_font_adjustment=5
5 is font size increment