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Install Lotus Notes 8.5.3 on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit

So here finally it comes – more detailed installation instructions. This time for the 64bit version of Precise Pangolin.
First uninstall all previous versions. Do this by “dpkg -l | grep lotus” then do “dpkg –purge name-of-lotus-package”. Also I cannot guarantee that the installation of 32bit libraries will not destroy aanyting else.
1) Create a folder for the files. In this case
mkdir ~/LN853install
cd ~/LN853install

2) Copy all Lotus files you want to install
tar xvf /media/externaldrive/Software/LotusNotes853/lotus_notes853_linuxUb_en.tar
@amd64:/home/anders/LN853install# ls -la
total 538676
drwxr-xr-x  2 root   root        4096 May  4 07:40 .
drwxr-xr-x 74 anders anders      4096 May  4 07:39 ..
-rwx——  1 root   root     5015238 Sep 16  2011 ibm-lotus-activities-8.5.3.i586.deb
-rwx——  1 root   root     3933118 Sep 16  2011 ibm-lotus-cae-8.5.3.i586.deb
-rwx——  1 root   root      108796 Sep 16  2011 ibm-lotus-feedreader-8.5.3.i586.deb
-rwx——  1 root   root   342247046 Sep 16  2011 ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb
-rwx——  1 root   root    52945926 Sep 16  2011 ibm-lotus-sametime-8.5.3.i586.deb
-rwx——  1 root   root   146089190 Sep 16  2011 ibm-lotus-symphony-8.5.3.i586.deb
-rwx——  1 root   root     1218560 Sep 16  2011 license.tar
-rwx——  1 root   root        6815 Sep 16  2011
3) Modify packages to get them installed
Right click on ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb in Nautilus and select Extract Here.
Navigate to folder, LN853install/ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586/DEBIAN. Right click on file control and select Open With Text Editor.
Remove all text after Pre-depends, Depends, Conflicts, Replaces:
Delete the original ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb file. And open a terminal windows and navigate to /home/anders/LN853install and issue this command:
dpkg-deb -b ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586
dpkg-deb: building package `ibm-lotus-notes:i386′ in `ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb’.

Now delete the folder:
rm -rf ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586

4) Install extra libraries
sudo apt-get install libgnomeprintui2.2-0 ia32-libs ttf-xfree86-nonfree t1-xfree86-nonfree
5) Install getlibs
sudo dpkg -i getlibs_2.06-0ubuntu1~ppa2_all.deb
Selecting previously deselected package getlibs.
(Reading database … 206259 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking getlibs (from getlibs_2.06-0ubuntu1~ppa2_all.deb) …
Setting up getlibs (2.06-0ubuntu1~ppa2) …
6) Install compatibility libraries (some may not be needed, plz help me update this)
Hmm, /usr/lib32 seems to be replaced with /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/
I am a but unsure if the following part destroys anything. Please do not do this if you are unsure, wait for better instructions in coming blog post!
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu /usr/lib32

OR if unsure do this:
sudo mkdir /usr/lib32
Install command:
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 libesd0 gtk2-engines libgnome-desktop-2-17 libmotif4 libmotif3 libgnome-desktop-3-0 libavahi-glib1 gtk2-engines-oxygen gtk2-engines-aurora gtk2-engines-qtcurve  gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-equinox  alsa-base alsa-utils iproute libgnome-desktop-3-2 liborbit2 libbonobo2-0 libgconf2-4 libx11-6 libxt6 libxext6  libc6  libgcc1  libgtk2.0-0  libxkbfile1 libglib2.0-0  libstdc++6 bash libart-2.0-2 libpopt0 libgnomeui-0

7) Install Lotus Notes and Sametime etc
dpkg -i ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb
dpkg -i ibm-lotus-feedreader-8.5.3.i586.deb
dpkg -i ibm-lotus-sametime-8.5.3.i586.deb
8) We are not really there yet
sudo apt-get install g++-multilib libgtk2.0-dev

9) GDK Fix


Important: Note that the ‘ before s and after g is of type that is straight. Not that it is a backquote before pkg
sudo sed -i ‘s/gcc -Wall -Wextra `pkg/gcc -Wall -Wextra -m32 `pkg/g’ Makefile
chmod +x notes-wrapper
sudo cp notes-wrapper /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/
Important: Note that the ‘ before s and after g is of type that is straight.
sudo sed -i ‘s/../notes %F/../notes-wrapper %F/g’ /usr/share/applications/LotusNotes8.5.desktop

10) Make notes-wrapper file look like this
Change all references to /anders/ to /yourusername/ also be careful with quotes so they are correct
nano /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/notes-wrapper
cd `dirname “$0″`
echo “setting locale …”
echo “setting notes environment …”
#/opt/ibm/Workplace Managed Client/rcp/richclient -personality
echo “starting notes …”
LD_PRELOAD=`pwd`/ `pwd`/notes $*
11) Symlinks
sudo ln -s /usr/lib32/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib32/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib32/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib32/
sudo ln -s /lib32/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib32/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/gtk-2.0/modules/ /usr/lib32/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib32
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib32

12) Speed it up
sudo sed -i ‘s/vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx256m/vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx768m/g’ /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/framework/rcp/deploy/

13) Go nag on IBM to make software that is more linux compatible!!


  1. 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)

  2. Just installed Notes 9 on Ubuntu 64 without problems.
    No forcing installation

    For reading on how to


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