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