Quick Notes about Lotus Notes/Domino 8

After read the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Deployment Guide’s RedBook, I found many interesting facts.

Drop support for old Operating System

IBM/Lotus decided to drop support for old operating system, that included MS Windows 2000 server and RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.

That really surprise me because as my knowledge that there are still many small and medium size company that use those operating system. Do they need to upgrade the OS so they can upgrade to the Lotus Domino 8?

These is the list of unsupported Operating System

  • Windows 2000
  • AIX 5.2
  • Solaris 9
  • SLES 8,9
  • RHEL 4
  • iSeries 800-2463
  • eServer i5 520-0900
  • i5/OS V5R3
  • z/OS version 1 release 5

If you still run Lotus Domino 6.xx or 7.xx in those OS, prepare to upgrade.

Lotus Notes standard and basic edition

For Lotus Notes client, IBM/Lotus release two version of Lotus Notes client.

  1. Lotus Notes standard that use Eclipse
  2. Lotus Notes basic edition, without Eclipse

The Lotus Notes standard require more resources, for Windows XP it require minimum of 512 MB Ram with 1 GB recommended.

In Vista it require more memory, 1 GB at minimum and 1,5 GB recommended.

For those user who doesn’t have enough memory, they can run the lotus notes basic editio because it will run on less memory, but with less feature.

No Designer and Administrator in Linux

Lotus Domino Designer and Lotus Domino Administrator only run in windows XP or Microsoft Vista, no linux OS supported.

With Eclipse powered, my first thought that all lotus notes client – including administrator and client can run in Linux, but I guess I’m wrong.

So many features, so little time

The are so many new features included in Lotus Notes/Domino 8, including

  • RSS reader
  • Productivity tools (Lotus Spreadsheets, Lotus Documents and Lotus Presentations)
  • New Contacts (I like now that we can add picture in it), and will display in preview pane
  • Message Recall, this is the new feature that I don’t like. I believe that people must think twice before they sent any emails, no Message Recall.  First think I do after I upgrade to Lotus Notes/Domino 8 is to disable Message Recall.

That is my first quick notes about the new Lotus Notes/Domino 8.

I believe that upgrade to Lotus Notes/Domino 8 is an important upgrade, there are just so many good new features, it’s worth it.

If you already upgrade your lotus notes/domino into version 8, please share your opinions with me. I’m not yet upgrade it, but very soon.


1 thought on “Quick Notes about Lotus Notes/Domino 8

  1. Stefan says:

    Domino 8.0.1 with German language pack running happily on Windows 2000 Server (Standard) here.

    No “unsupported OS”-warning, info or whatever during upgrade from 7.0.3.

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