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Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)

Michael Brown   April 28 2011 06:14:31 AM
First, lets get the provisos out of the way: Ubuntu 11.04 is not a supported platform for Lotus Notes and has not, in fact, even been released yet!  I've been testing with Beta 2 with the latest updates, so I think that's pretty close to what we're going to get next week.  The good news is that it works, but there's a couple of regression problems (if I can call them that!)

To get the installer to complete, you'll have to pre-install the libgnomeprintui2.2-0 library and some other libraries that it needs.  To do this, open up a terminal and type in

sudo apt-get install libgnomeprintui2.2-0

and then hit return.    Or you can use Synaptic if you're a command line phobe.  Now you can run the Notes .deb installers, as normal.

Once you've got it installed, you need to copy in the four libraries that were necessary to run Notes on  Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10).

You should now be able to run Notes.  As ever though, the fonts won't look great, but you can add some extra ones get it to display better.  Type this code into a terminal to take care of that:

sudo apt-get install ttf-xfree86-nonfree

And here's how it looks on Natty:

As you can see, Natty features Canonical's much-maligned Unity UI.  The latter's really starting to grow on me, although it still needs some work.  It sure helps if you've used a Mac before!

One annoyance with Notes on Natty that you might have spotted in the image above: when you start Notes up from a Unity Bar icon, it starts up another icon somewhere below the first one!  I set the second icon to be permanently in the Unity Bar, but I couldn't then use that second icon to launch Notes.  Guess we'll have to live with that one for now.

1Fred  04/28/2011 3:10:50 PM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)

Any idea on how to install Notes 8.5.2 on the 64-bit version of Natty?

2Michael Brown  04/28/2011 5:09:17 PM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)


Sorry, no. I've not tried the 64-bit yet. The instructions above relate to 32-bit only.

3enzo stanzione  04/29/2011 4:45:35 AM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)

Great work.

As soon, i'll try it and i'll post about my experience, reffering you too.!


4Cor  05/16/2011 8:49:18 AM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)

I've got it working under 64-bit version thanks to this solution

willing to assist in getting it operational together, let me know

5Michael Brown  05/16/2011 10:17:57 PM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)


I'd certainly be interested in how you got it working on 64-bit. The method that I've decribed above didn't work for me when I tried on 64-bit Natty. Did you do something different?

6Red  07/08/2011 4:19:26 AM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)

It works but does not support sounds. To have sounds (and custom wav files working) u need to put files under "asla" and install mpeg dummy package (Notes support ESD sounds only)

7Mike Brown  07/08/2011 10:05:32 AM  Notes on Natty (Ubuntu 11.04)


I think that I can cope without sounds working!

Thanks for the tip anyway.

8S.Manivannan  01/25/2012 5:03:59 AM  Notes on maverick meerkat(Ubuntu 11.04)

Ubuntu 11.04 upgrade + Lotus 8.5 not working Upgraded Ubuntu last week from 10.10. I do this with my work computer and we use Lotus notes here. I had Lotus notes 8.5 working on 10.10 just fine before upgrading.

We have using maverick meerkat after upgraded the client opening but not show inbox (white screen )

Still the same problems.