The Notes Domino 8 proposition

Peter O’Kelly sums up the key strengths of the Lotus story and how that faces off to Microsoft’s offering:

I think there’s more to the story, however: if you consider the Eclipse.org-based foundation in Notes 8, along with the OpenOffice.org-derived Lotus Symphony “productivity editors”, the fact that Notes 8 runs on multiple platforms (eventually multiple versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS), and the fact that Notes is also a template-driven application development platform (with a tightly-coupled and purpose-built, multi-platform server counterpart), the competitive overlap goes far beyond Outlook. You could argue that aspects of Notes actually compete with Windows, Office (not just Outlook), and even the .NET Framework.

Emphasis mine.

He was commenting on Michael J. Millers article on the latest version of Notes and Domino.

Maureen is asking some questions

Two in fact:

– is it ok to remove database properties from the infobox selection hierarchy in Designer (where infoboxes remain)?
– is it ok to have to click on the database header in the bookmarks or make another gesture to get to database properties?

Read her post and let her know what you think. Personally I’m OK with both, I think that the eclipse-based designer will need us to relearn a lot of things anyway, apart from all the good it will have to offer, so I’m not too worried about the design team making changes where necessary.

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Revisited: What am I missing? (admin help [still] needed!)

Thanks to those who responded to my previous bleat for help, I have been back to try and get this working but still no luck!

The situation is as follows:

  • Domino 7 sever running on RHEL as a guest in VMware
  • I can ping from the host both IP address and hostname of the guest
  • I can ping the host from the guest
  • The Domino server is up and running and I can connect over http and run the Domino web admin
  • nmap shows port 1352 as open on the guest
  • I have allowed incoming traffic from the guest to the host in my firewall
  • the VM has a fixed IP addressed and is running in host-only mode
  • I have added the IP address and FQHN for the guest to my host’s “host” file
  • I can connect to the guest from the host via SSH and FTP

The continuing problem is that I can’t connect from the Notes or Admin client on the host. I’m not sure whether I made that apparent before. I have tried the following:

  • I have a connection document configured for the server.
  • I have tried using both a FQHN or the IP address as destination address
  • When I try opening a database and enter the server name, I get the error:
    ---------------------------
    IBM Lotus Notes
    ---------------------------
    The server is not responding. The server may be down or you may be experiencing network problems. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists.
    ---------------------------
    OK
    ---------------------------
  • When I try opening a database and enter the IP address, I get the error:
    ---------------------------
    IBM Lotus Notes
    ---------------------------
    Unable to find path to server. To trace this connection, use File - Preferences - User Preferences - Ports - Trace (Notes client) or Trace command (Domino server)
    ---------------------------
    OK
    ---------------------------

To me this makes no sense, and is beyond my networking problem-solving abilities, I feel I can’t see the wood for the trees!

Has anyone else done this? I can’t imagine I’m the only one! So I must be missing something simple, right? Any ideas most welcome!

In the meantime, I going to install a Notes client in another guest VM and try to get them talking.

Wish me luck!

What am I missing? (admin help needed!)

Can any of you admins out there tell me what I am missing!?

I have a RHEL server running Domino in VMware, so far so good. I can ping from the host both IP address and hostname, Domino is up and running and I can connect over http and run the Domino web admin.

Problem? I can’t connect from the Notes or Admin client!!

What am I missing? I have created location and connection documents, but get the “server not responding” error message.

Any ideas welcome!

Thanks in advance, from a dev geek!

IBM support for Ubuntu

James Governor of RedMonk raised a question that has come up a few times in the Lotus blogsphere, on the subject of Ubuntu as an IBM supported OS.

I mentioned the fact that DB2 is supported on Ubuntu, a fact which doesn’t really fit with some of the justification for not supporting Lotus Notes and Domino, that Ubuntu is not an “enterprise” operating system.

James followed up this morning, and wonders whether

Ubuntu really just isn’t seeing much in the way of enterprise adoption as yet

Sounds like a chicken and egg situation to me!

Ubuntu is an extremely popular desktop distribution, so in my opinion, chances are support for software like Lotus Notes on Ubuntu would go a long way to opening the door to further enterprise adoption. I realise this is not an adequate cost justification, but if we’ve managed to get the Notes 8 Beta running on Ubuntu by ourselves, my guess is there isn’t a hell of a lot that IBM would need to do to get this sorted.

One other point I have mentioned before (can’t remember where!) is that with Ubuntu support, could IBM Lotus not look to provide more of an “appliance” (along the lines of Nitix), if not for production, at least for testing or demonstration purposes?

With a consistent support for Ubuntu across the IBM portfolio, they could potentially provide a serious offering to the SMB market. Taking the appliance approach and therefore “hiding” the underlying technologies somewhat, certain barriers to entry could be eliminated, at least from an install / admin standpoint.

Good luck trying to get more on this one James, there are lots of us very interested in where it could lead!

Lotus Connections market positioning

Jake has an interesting post over on Codestore about managing large numbers of Domino based blogs.

The client is a university with about 20,000 students. They want to give each student the ability to blog.

He is asking for input regarding scalability and the use of one large database versus a large number of individual databases. This sounds like a cool project, and is something I have thought about a bit in the past. Personally I agree with the consensus and go the route of individual databases, building an admin tool and landing page as a front end.

However, reading Jake’s entry got me thinking to Lotus Connections, and it was a comment that Warren left that prompted me to write this post. The line in particular I’m referring to is:

“(and a whole lot better than Lotus Connections…)”

Now, I haven’t seen much on Connections yet, but it sounds like a cool product, and I imagine that IBM would be looking at the situation Jake raises as the ideal use scenario. Certainly for the blogging and community modules. I would expect that the blog functionality be pretty capable, including the ability to mark posts as private, and certainly managable for the admins.

Am I mistaken? Why would I rule out Connections in this kind of situation? I’d be interested to hear any thoughts on this, and the level of feature parity between Connections and the Domino blog template.