Considerations for installing and upgrading Notes on Linux

Mail, calendar, and contact features are installed with IBM® Notes®, including traditional Notes functionality. Additional sidebar applications can also be installed.

Notes is installed on Linux™ using either a deb package or rpm package. See Installing and upgrading Notes on Linux in the related links.

For related upgrade information, see Upgrade Cookbook: Upgrading to Lotus Notes® and Domino® 8.5.x in the Notes and Domino wiki.

Additional considerations are as follows:

  • You must be logged in as a root user or switch user to root before installing Notes. After Notes is installed, non-root users can open and use Notes.
  • Shut down all applications before installing or upgrading to this release of Notes, including anti-virus software.
  • When installing Notes from the product CD or DVD onto an RHEL 5 Linux client, mount the media drive using exec as a gconf mount option. You can then insert the Notes installation media and run the installer by typing ./
  • You can install Notes in a multi-user environment. Single user install is not supported.
  • Shared network installation is not supported for Notes standard configuration.
  • Installation and use of Notes on a USB drive is not supported for Notes standard configuration.
  • Notes roaming user does not support switching user ID.
  • The install destination path cannot contain any of the following characters:

    \ ; : % # < > , " ! | ?

  • Only one instance of Notes should be installed on a client workstation at any given time.
  • If installation does not complete successfully, uninstall Notes and reinstall. If uninstall is not successful, see Cleaning a previous or partial Notes installation from your client in the related links.
  • Consider using the autostart capability described in the related topic on reducing Notes startup time for Linux