Saturday, 16 October 2010

Lotus Notes 8.5.2 on ubuntu meerkat 10.10 x64

This is how I got Lotus Notes 8.5.2 working on a brand new installation of ubuntu 10.10.
Open Synaptic Package Manager
Search for libstdc++5
Install libstdc++5 from Synaptic Package Manager
Shut Synaptic Package Manager

Then install some libraries:
$ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs libgnomeprint2.2-0 libgnomeprintui2.2-0 ttf-xfree86-nonfree

Go to

Double click to install.
Now get some 32 bit libraries:

$ sudo getlibs -p libgnomeprintui2.2-0 libgnomeprint2.2-0 libgnomevfs2-0 libgnomeui-0 libxkbfile1 libstartup-notification0 libsepol1 libselinux1 libgsf-1-114
libgsf-1-dev librsvg2-2 librsvg2-common libavahi-client3 libavahi-common3 libavahi-glib1 libbonoboui2-0 libcroco3 libdbus-1-3 libdbus-glib-1-2 libgnome2-0 libgnomecanvas2-0 libgnome-keyring0 libgnome-menu2 gtk2-engines-murrine

Now install Lotus Notes

$ sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.2.i586.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture ibm-lotus-activities-8.5.2.i586.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture ibm-lotus-cae-8.5.2.i586.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture ibm-lotus-sametime-8.5.2.i586.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture ibm-lotus-symphony-8.5.2.i586.deb

You will also need this fix for opening screen

$ cd /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/jvm/lib/i386
$ sudo mkdir usr
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib32 ./usr/lib

You should now be able to start Notes from the Applications/Office menu in gnome.

At the time of writing, there is a bug with the shipped ia32-libs version. Which gave me an error issue but whilst this gives an error in the console, Lotus notes seems to run happily.



  1. Marcus, did you mean Notes 8.5.3 ? I thought we were on 8.5.2 right now ??

  2. Im noticing either a memory leak or an issue with the Sametime plugin. After Leaving Notes up and running for a few hours, it tends to get unresponsive to the point f having to force close. Have you noticed this?? I do get this on all my Ubuntu install with 8.5.2. (3 installs at the present moment) If I dont use Sametime much, or dont log in, it seems to run longer before getting unusable.

  3. I am seeing a memory issue as well with notes 8.5.2 on ubuntu 10.10. The system hangs after 10-15 minutes of notes/sametime use and forces a full system shutdown. With that said your directions are very helpful

  4. I have always thought that the memory leak was actually sametime so I never log in anymore with the embedded client and use the ubuntu bundled messenger instead. I know you lose view indicators but I have found that configuration to be stable. Hope that helps /Marcus

  5. I got it installed, configured and running but when notes starts I only get the top menus, the rest of the application is blank. Any suggestions?

  6. I get the splash screen. I get to accept the license agreement. and then nothing. When trying to start from commandline I receive the following:
    error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

  7. Great !!!
    Here its works fine !!!

  8. @house - sounds like a video graphics issue to me. Try starting from the command line and see what is logged

  9. @cram - looks like a missing symbolic link or library to me. Check actucally exists.

  10. Thank you for your sharing...

  11. @cram - I get the same thing. Is there some kind of fix for this?

  12. Same problem here as well with the blank screen. Nothing shown in the terminal

  13. @cram I am also getting the same thing. Any fix for this?

  14. Just installed Notes 9 on Ubuntu 64 without problems.
    Maybe upgrading to this version will solve all problems that I have read about the 8.5.x client.

    For reading on how to