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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.