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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Installing Lotus Notes 8.5.3 on 32-bit Linux

Instructions for 32bit Debian and Ubuntu based distributions:  Last updated 2013-01-23

If you need install instructions for a 64-bit Linux, refer to and

Although the IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 was designed for GNOME 2 and has dependencies for GNOME 2 libraries, this install with the instructions provided below will result in IBM Lotus Notes install that will work with almost any window-manager.  I confirmed it works with Cinnamon, MATE, and GNOME 3.

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  1. install the deb of lotus notes,
    • sudo dpkg -i –force-all ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb
  2. install gtk hack (from
    • (validate permissions of
    • copy and notes-wrapper to /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/
    • make chmod +x notes-wrapper sudo cp notes-wrapper /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/
  3. fix LotusNotes8.5.desktop file in /usr/share/applications
    • [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Lotus Notes 8.5 Type=Application Exec=env LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/ibm/lotus/notes/:/usr/lib32/:/usr/lib32/i386-linux-gnu/ /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/../notes-wrapper %F Icon=/opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/shared/eclipse/features/ Terminal=false Categories=Application;Office;
  4. Xterm required for initial setup
    • When starting the application for the first time, you'll need to agree to a licensing agreement.  It appears not everyone has xterm installed as default, or perhaps had become removed.  Therefore, install xterm if not already installed
      • sudo apt-get install xterm

OPTIONAL: If you are missing the Microsoft fonts, install the following package:

1 comment:

  1. Just to advertise the IBM Notes 9 (and soon 9.0.1) update in the referenced: