[LINK] Lotus Notes 8.5 to fully support Ubuntu Linux 7.0
brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Jan 31 14:18:03 EST 2008
Lotus Notes 8.5 to fully support Ubuntu Linux 7.0
IBM says end users with 100,000 desktops looking at Ubuntu Linux
By Todd R. Weiss
IBM believes Linux on the enterprise desktop finally ready for
widespread adoption. To meet future demand it is preparing to deliver
its next versions of Lotus Notes enterprise collaboration software and
Lotus Symphony office productivity applications for the first time with
full support for Ubuntu Linux 7.0.
The roll out will occur sometime in the second half of this year.
In an announcement this week at the Lotusphere 2008 conference in
Orlando, IBM said that it will provide full support for Ubuntu Linux
with Lotus Notes 8.5 and Lotus Symphony using its Open Collaboration
Client software, which is based on open standards.
Antony Satyadas, chief competitive marketing officer for IBM Lotus, said
the Ubuntu support for Notes and Symphony were a direct response to
demand from customers. Lotus Notes 8.0.1 has limited support for Ubuntu
Linux, but customers have asked for broader capabilities, he said.
"We're doing pilots with customers now," Satyadas said. "Some of the
requests came from big companies" with as many as 100,000 users that are
interested in moving to Ubuntu Linux on the desktop.
"The other thing we are seeing is some interesting patterns evolving
here," he said. "It starts with a very small company looking at Linux,
and then there are really large companies that are starting out small
with 500 [Linux desktop] users, then moving up to 2,000 or more. That is
the pattern we are seeing."
Although some industry experts have been proclaiming for the last six
years that Linux on the corporate desktop was finally ready, IBM thinks
that this year, it will happen.
IBM said in the past that Linux on the corporate desktop wouldn't happen
until the operating system was good enough to allow companies to have
all the functions they need to run their businesses. At the same time,
an adequate supply of critical business software that would run reliably
and efficiently on Linux would be needed.
"We are putting our money where our mouth is," Satyadas said. "We think
now the time is really[here]" and the needed business applications are
available to make it work for enterprises.
"We use it (Linux) ourselves. We are able to offer a secure, rich and
cost-effective Microsoft alternative."
The Open Collaboration Client software includes advanced e-mail and
calendar capabilities, unified communication and collaboration functions
and general word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities
with Open Document Format (ODF) support. The Open Collaboration Client
is built on Lotus Expeditor, which is based on the open source Eclipse
Rich Client Platform.
Mark Murphy, vice president of alliances for Canonical, the commercial
sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, said that the availability of Notes and
Symphony for use with Ubuntu will be a "win for customers everywhere.
Canonical is committed to bringing the best available productivity tools
to its users on an open platform.
“Ubuntu users will now have an outstanding choice with Lotus Notes,
while businesses will have a great choice with Lotus Domino. From a
technical viewpoint, we are impressed how Lotus leverages the Eclipse
platform to build and deliver rich client applications. This is an
exciting development for Ubuntu users, too.
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