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Monday, 29 November 2010

I have a new hero - Mat Newman - Admin and Designer in Linux Wine

Coming back to Linux has been great and Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) is a pleasure to use. The next stage is to get Lotus Notes and Domino running but as always there is a fly in the ointment. I remember a conversation with Jalan H 4 years ago asking her about the Quickr client for Linux and she said there is no demand for it but it is on the road map. I guess the same is true about Designer and Admin for Lotus Notes under Wine. It is on the road map.

Linux has a feature called WINE (WIne is Not an Emulator) that is a set of API's that understand what a Windows application call requires and is serviced with a thunking call or a Linux function. The upshot is that you can run a simple Windows application in Wine without virtualisation.

More complex programs require reverse engineering to work in Wine and there are whole teams dedicated to make it happen. The team working on making Lotus Notes 8.5.2 work on Wine is a team of one called Mat Newman!

Mat published a blog post called:  Quick ’n’ dirty - setting up Designer under Ubuntu

My Notes build was copied for the IBM Windows 7 build and unfortunately, in this case, it is a 64 bit Notes install. Please don't misunderstand me, Notes is not 64 bit but I guess some of the Eclipse bits are 64 bit so the message I get is:

Trying to load PE image for unsupported architecture (AMD-64)

Administrator works for now though! I will build a version of Notes on XP later today and test again.

The reason nobody tried this is that the last version that worked was 7.0.x. We could never get the Eclipse version installed as it always barfed. In steps Mat and thinks outside the inbox!

Three hoorays for Mat! Hip hip....


1 comment :

  1. Awww shucks Ray :-)

    Glad my steps helped you out.

    Now if IBM could just port N/D/A properly we wouldn't need nerds like me spending hours of time trying to figure out how to get a functional system on Linux.


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