Lotus to offer Linux version of Domino server

Keeping to a promise made earlier this year, Lotus officials have said they will deliver a Linux version of the company's Domino server by year-end via a quarterly maintenance release. But Lotus is still noncommittal about Linux ports of SmartSuite or the Notes client any time soon.

Keeping to a promise made earlier this year, Lotus have said they will deliver a Linux version of the company's Domino server by year-end via a quarterly maintenance release.

Expected as Release 5.0.3, the Linux version of Domino will support connections to all of the same popular server-based industry platforms as previous versions of Domino, including Oracle's Oracle8.x series and IBM's other host-based platforms such as DB/2, company officials said.

Lotus is expected to post its first quarterly maintenance fix, Version 5.0.1, by the end of this week.

Despite recently published reports, Lotus does not have any plans to port Version 2.0 of its Same Time Instant messaging software nor Version 2.0 of its Quick Place Web-based collaboration software over to Linux. Company officials said that decision is still being weighed.

"We have not made any commitments or decisions to offer 2.0 versions of those products this year. If we do port those products over, they would be later versions," said Paul Davis, a company spokesman.

Lotus is also remaining noncommittal about porting over to Linux its SmartSuite set of productivity applications and its Notes client any time soon. However, company officials would not close the door on either opportunity, particularly a Linux version of SmartSuite.

"We just delivered Version 9.5 of SmartSuite, so there are no immediate plans. But a year from now I suppose it is possible. It would be rash for us to say no to the possibility," Davis said.

Lotus Development Corp., a subsidiary of IBM, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is at http://www.lotus.com/.

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