2013-02-10

How to install Lotus Notes 8.3 on Kubuntu 12.04

Installing Lotus Notes became easier than in previous versions and fortunately there is no need to edit .deb files anymore.
Follow these steps to install Lotus Notes (Kubuntu 12.04.1 32b):

  1. untar the installation: tar xvf lotus_notes853_linuxUb_en.tar
  2. run installer: sudo dpkg -i ibm-lotus-notess-8.5.3.i586.deb
  3. dpkg will throw missing dependencies, you should search and install all that dependencies using apt-get, aptitude or Muon package manager
  4. run: sudo dpkg -i ibm-lotus-notess-8.5.3.i586.deb again
  5. install other lotus notes parts: sametime, activities and so on using the same approach
  6. similarly untar and install fixpack
  7. install the wrapper:
mkdir -p /tmp/notesfix
cd /tmp/notesfix
 
wget –no-check-certificate https://github.com/sgh/lotus-notes_gtk2.23.3/raw/d3492c997bc7a92b895fa1369d4743a8e20b56b5/Makefile
 
wget –no-check-certificate https://github.com/sgh/lotus-notes_gtk2.23.3/raw/d3492c997bc7a92b895fa1369d4743a8e20b56b5/libnotesgtkfix.c
 
wget –no-check-certificate https://github.com/sgh/lotus-notes_gtk2.23.3/raw/d3492c997bc7a92b895fa1369d4743a8e20b56b5/notes-wrapper
 
make
chmod +x notes-wrapper
 
sudo cp notes-wrapper libnotesgtkfix.so /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/
The final step is to edit menu. Right click to Kickoff App Launcher -> Edit Application, find the Lotus Notes entry in Office menu, and put this line into command field:

sudo -u $USER env  GTK2_RC_FILES="/usr/share/themes/Raleigh/gtk-2.0/gtkrc" /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/../notes-wrapper
Now you can "enjoy" your Lotus Notes :)