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 +~~META:
 +creator = Brendan Kidwell
 +&date created = 2007-09-17
 +~~
 +{{tag>​linux lotus-notes}}
 +~~DISCUSSION~~
 +====== Install Lotus Notes 8 in Ubuntu Linux ======
 +
 +I was able to get Lotus Notes 8 for Linux working on my Ubuntu desktop at work today. I am using Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn with a GNOME desktop. YMMV.
 +
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 +
 +===== Step 1: Acquire Lotus Notes distribution =====
 +
 +I started with the file <wrap file>​C13NCEN.tar</​wrap>​. You need to get this from your system administrator or from the IBM web site, if you have an appropriate login there.
 +
 +Using your favorite archiver, extract <wrap file>​C13NCEN.tar</​wrap>​ to a **new** folder. (There are three files and a folder in the root of the tar file.)
 +
 +===== Step 2: Link bash to /bin/sh =====
 +
 +For some reason, the installer assumes <wrap file>/​bin/​sh</​wrap>​ is bash and doesn'​t work if that's not true.
 +
 +<code bash>
 +sudo mv /bin/sh /bin/sh.old
 +sudo ln --symbolic /bin/bash /bin/sh
 +</​code>​
 +
 +===== Step 3: Install some more fonts =====
 +
 +When I first started Notes, a lot of text was displayed in Courier font, which takes up a lot of visual space. A blog post (second URL linked in "​References"​ below) points out a fix:
 +
 +<code bash>
 +sudo apt-get install ttf-xfree86-nonfree
 +</​code>​
 +
 +//31 Aug 2009// Reader Shawn M suggests also non-free PostScript Type 1 fonts if non-free TrueType fonts are insufficient to fix the font problem:
 +
 +<code bash>
 +sudo apt-get install t1-xfree86-nonfree
 +</​code>​
 +
 +===== Step 4: Run the installer =====
 +
 +Run <wrap file>​setup.sh</​wrap>​.
 +
 +<code bash>
 +cd ~/​downloads/​notes8 ​  # cd into the directory where you extracted the installer
 +sudo ./setup.sh
 +</​code>​
 +
 +The installer will run a Java-based GUI setup wizard. When asked, elect to install **all of the available features**.
 +
 +//Note: Did it fail? If you get the message "<​wrap out>​sudo:​ ./setup.sh: command not found</​wrap>"​ try copying the installer directory to a local, non-networked volume. I just discovered this now while trying to install from an SSH connection via FUSE, mounted rw; copying it to the local disk fixed the problem.//
 +
 +//Note 2: Did it still fail? Try making sure the path to the installer does not contain any spaces. I don't know if this is really a problem or not, but it's a guess I just had. If my friend gets it working for himself after trying this, then yes.//
 +
 +===== Step 5: Remove ~/lotus =====
 +
 +The page at the first URL in "​References"​ below says that the installer creates a faulty <wrap file>​~/​lotus</​wrap>​ data directory and that you should rename or remove it. Since I had trouble removing it while logged in as myself, I suspect there may be files in it owned by root.
 +
 +<code bash>
 +sudo chown --recursive brendan.brendan ~/​lotus ​  # substitute YOUR username
 +rm --recursive ~/lotus
 +</​code>​
 +
 +When you start Lotus Notes, it will create a fresh <wrap file>​~/​lotus</​wrap>​ directory.
 +
 +===== Step 6: First run =====
 +
 +Use this command to start Lotus Notes the first time:
 +
 +<code bash>
 +/​opt/​ibm/​lotus/​notes/​notes
 +</​code>​
 +
 +After the application does some basic initialization,​ it will give you another wizard to setup your connection to your Domino server (or whatever other server you wish to access). Go through this wizard in the normal way.
 +
 +Now Lotus Notes should be ready to use. Note that if you previously used an older version of Notes, bookmarks you used to have in a narrow sidebar on the left of the window are now in the [btn]Open[/​btn] button at the top of the window.
 +
 +===== Step 7: Create a launcher =====
 +
 +You can create a Launcher on your desktop or in your Applications menu for Lotus Notes. See documentation for your Linux distribution for the exact procedure.
 +
 +^Type   ​|Application ​                  |
 +^Name   ​|Lotus Notes                   |
 +^Command|/​opt/​ibm/​lotus/​notes/​notes ​   |
 +^Icon   ​|/​opt/​ibm/​lotus/​notes/​notes.ico|
 +
 +//Note: a reader pointed out to me that this step isn't necessary. The installer creates Launchers in Applications / Office. I just didn't notice them there.//
 +
 +===== Step 8: Restore /bin/sh =====
 +
 +Fix the <wrap file>/​bin/​sh</​wrap>​ kludge you created:
 +
 +<code bash>
 +sudo rm /bin/sh
 +sudo mv /bin/sh.old /bin/sh
 +</​code>​
 +
 +----
 +
 +References
 +
 +I used these pages for help:
 +
 +  * [[http://​www-10.lotus.com/​ldd/​nd8forum.nsf/​5f27803bba85d8e285256bf10054620d/​f683185b98129dd7852572ea001db523?​OpenDocument|Step by step from initual Ubuntu Feisty install]]
 +  * [[http://​www.kluge.de/​2007/​04/​my-little-linux-diary-continued.html|My little Linux diary - continued]]