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Lotus Notes to help Mac as biz platform

updated 06:40 pm EST, Mon February 27, 2006

Lotus Notes to help Macs

IBM's recent announcement to bring Lotus Notes to the Mac and Linux platforms will help it expand marketshare and provide an viable alternative to Microsoft's "feature-rich" Office/Exchange 12 on Vista.. A new column on emailbattles says that the forthcoming upgrade to IBM Notes will finally offer provide the needed business software for Linux desktops and help establish the Mac platform in corporate America: "The moment the new Notes is launched, Linux will have a complete retail-quality client desktop system to link with the world's only browser platform, Firefox, and hopefully accelerate OpenOffice development. Apple will get its first truly complete database collaboration environment, which should help create an image of Mac as a possible business platform. And both will get a shot at tons of previously out-of-reach business desktops."




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  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Great!

    As long as the Mac version is exactly the same feature-wise with the Windows version.

    We will see.

  1. garyj

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mac version of Notes

    They have had a Macintosh version of Notes for as long as I can remember. I think the announcement was a version for Intel Macs.

    For the most part, the Notes client is very similar for Mac and Windows. The same database (NSF) files and ID files, etc. But there is currently no Admin or Designer Client versions (or Server) for Mac.

  1. RetiredMidn

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The Client Doesn't Count

    Way back with Version 3.0 of Notes Lotus released a crippled implementation of the Notes Client for the Mac and tried to play it as though the Mac mattered. It didn't, and it showed, because the Mac client was useless in most respects (usually involving Microsoft's COM technology) in terms of interoperating with clients on other (Windows) platforms.

    At least in those days, Lotus had a fig leaf w.r.t Mac support: the single-user-oriented Mac OS of that era was at best a difficult platform on which to implement the Notes server, and therefore the Mac was inherently a second-class platform.

    Today, there's no excuse. If Lotus/IBM is serious, they will implement the server side of Notes on OS X. Until they do, you can assume that the Mac is still a second class platform in their eyes.

    Not that I understand why anybody still cares about Notes on any platform...

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Around for a while

    The Notes client for Mac has certainly been around for a while, although the first version that I used on OSX was almost worthless. Version 6.5 actually works rather well compared to its PC equivalent.

    Of course, none of this can make up for the fact that the entire Notes system is a worthless, vile piece of rubbish. The only people I ever knew who liked Notes were sysadmins. For everyone else it was the bane of their existence. It's the classic case of a system designed not to do any one thing particularly well, but everything rather poorly.

    Ugh.

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Around for a while

    The Notes client for Mac has certainly been around for a while, although the first version that I used on OSX was almost worthless. Version 6.5 actually works rather well compared to its PC equivalent.

    Of course, none of this can make up for the fact that the entire Notes system is a worthless, vile piece of rubbish. The only people I ever knew who liked Notes were sysadmins. For everyone else it was the bane of their existence. It's the classic case of a system designed not to do any one thing particularly well, but everything rather poorly.

    Ugh.

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Notes

    "Not that I understand why anybody still cares about Notes on any platform..."

    Here's a little fact:

    At most large corporations, they still use Notes. Why? Not tied to MS (you can run it on "REAL" servers), and it's stable and reliable.

    Last I heard, it's like 49/51 Notes/Exchange at large companies.

    Exchange is just not really up to the large company task without LOTS of servers....

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