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Do You Have An Opinion on the Domino Application Platform Direction? Read This.

Bill Malchisky  May 18 2017 12:15:00 AM
As Barry Rosen mentioned during our Engage session last week, ICS Offering Management is seeking feedback around the Domino application platform. This opportunity is significant enough that I felt it appropriate to author a separate post.

Currently, IBM is looking for feedback in the areas of APIs, XPages, Domino on Bluemix, Docker, and well, anything else you want to add in the development space. I took the survey and found it to be straight forward with plenty of opportunity to provide your input. IBM Management is reviewing these survey results with great interest. So, take a few minutes and let them know how you are using IBM Domino applications and where you want the future direction to venture.

Here is the link to the IBM Application Insights Survey.

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The ICS on Linux Round Table Session Notes

Bill Malchisky  May 15 2017
Great session last Monday. We filled the table with overflow and discussed many good topics raised by the attendees. Below are the notes and some of the URLs cited during the event. Please feel free to comment and keep the discussion going.

IBM Notes

FP7 is the last update for the Linux client;, no further feature packs will be offered for the Linux client
Support will be best effort from here and will continued to be support up to 9.0.1 FP7 on thee then current set of operating systems. If you upgrade your Linux OS to a newer release and Notes is malfunctioning, IBM Support will request that you try the client on the FP7 set of supported operating systems before you continue the support conversation
Mac client was discussed at length
** IBM is looking at the correct time to drop-in a FP parity with the Windows client
** This is a high priority item
*** They suspect FP 10 will be the earliest time-frame for consideration, as FP9 is locked-down already, but this is not a commitment, for clarity
** Until then, Mac users can enjoy the x64 client, but use as is until a FP is offered
We also discussed an auto-updater for Notes
** A high priority item within the set of features to provide
** Availability Q1 '18, possible, but not definite yet
** Touch client once and that is it
** Controlled in Policy settings document
FP9 will mostly contain Java, Eclipse, and compile time updates


Domino

IBM will support existing Linux flavors on Domino 9.0.1 with all succeeding feature packs
Going forward, a theoretical (in naming not release probability) Domino 9.5 and Domino 10 would be only RHEL
FP8 dropped i386 flavors
Sametime was an issue as the STCS needs an i386 build with an older Domino version for now, which should not be an issue if STCS is the only server application on that box
New offerings ---  e.g. Verse on Premises and INSMO --- are RHEL and Windows only
**Know this OS platform policy is not an ICS decision, but a software group directive; every brand is impacted
Cloud based offering under consideration with Domino playing the PaaS role through Bluemix
** Buy time to use and test as needed, billed at an hourly rate


Support

A question around offering D9.0.1 with the latest FP pre-installed offered a brief discussion
** Silent installers and scripts are available to assist
** Smart upgrade needs help
** Decision - "No," on joint installer as there are too many assumptions that would need to be made and applying a fix pack with a script takes a small amount of time when scripted

We received a request for working with (supporting) unsupported Linux
** To assist, the group mostly agreed on CentOS support would be appreciated
** And we requested that IBM provide support for CentOS in production with a "Best effort support" option if full support proved too expensive for IBM
** Barry offered that a Domino on Docker offering may resolve some of the support issues...

Speaking of Docker
Connections Pink

Looking at the IBM applications insights survey (link below) to provide input on their application strategy
** If you do have questions on docker, then please take the survey
Also, looking at Domino for PaaS on Bluemix through Docker
** Benefits aren't as great due to the ease of install, but it would allow for keeping things current and consistent

Miscellaneous Questions

Issues or concerns when moving from Windows to Linux on Domino
** Filename spaces and case
** ExtMgr add-in converts all requests to lower case
** Try Domino4Wine for your admin and DDE needs on a Linux or Mac client
** You can also run a simple script to case convert all files to lower case
** Hardcoded fully explicit paths (c:\...) rather than Data directory relative paths and filenames can be an issue
** Direct reference of OS specific files (e.g. DLLs) can also be an issue



Presenter Links for Additional Information


Daniel's Links

Start Stop Script
Ask for his installation scripts, case convert ExtMgr add-in, or Domino Consolidation session deck  

Barry's Links

IBM performance data - Windows v Linux
IBM application insights survey

Bill's Links

Linux Skype Chat
Domino4Wine
Domino Admin on Linux tips, then select these two decks
1. BLUG 2013: The Ultimate IBM and Lotus on Linux Workshop for Windows Admins
2. Linux School: Advanced Administration for IBM Software

"Why the Largest Companies in the World Count on Linux Servers"

Bill Malchisky  May 8 2017 09:00:00 PM
I read this morning a great piece in Linux Journal by Petros Koutoupis. The author's name being new to me, I read the article with an open mind. What I found is this introductory level article offered a decent dissection of this important topic. As I've covered over the years in my Lotus on Linux Report presentation series, more companies outside of Microsoft use Linux for their edge servers than any other operating system. That data point continues to this day. Additionally, despite recent desktop support changes, IBM has and still does a lot for Linux behind the scenes, and anticipate covering some of that in my Engage session later today. What surprised me was my learning that Mr. Koutoupis works for IBM. You would not know that until the end of the article. So he wrote --- in my opinion --- a very fair and informative piece.

If you have customers that want to know why they should use Linux or are afraid, then some aspects of Mr. Koutoupis' article may help you in those conversations. You can also refer to my presentation, entitled, "Lowering Costs: Should We Consider Lotus on Linux?"

Title: "Why the Largest Companies in the World Count on Linux Servers"
Source: Linux Journal
Author: Petros Koutoupis
Publication Date: May 7, 2017

There are also two links in his article of importance
1. Hybrid Cloud Security with z Systems
2. Learn more about LinuxONE's ability to help business consolidate servers

Join Barry Rosen, Daniel Nash, and Myself for the ICS on Linux Round Table on Monday at Engage!

Bill Malchisky  May 7 2017 08:30:00 AM
This year at Engage in Antwerp, Belgium, I am speaking with Barry Rosen of IBM and Daniel Nash. We are covering all things ICS related on Linux. Happy to have the opportunity to present with both Barry and Daniel on such a topic. A lot has changed in the past six months with IBM's support for Linux. This is the session to learn about those changes and provide input directly to IBM. Looking forward to a great discussion and learning experience. See you on Monday!

Title: The ICS on Linux Round Table
Date: Monday, May 8
Time: 11:45 - 12:30
Room: Table 2 Gorilla 1
Session ID: Adm21

Click to view this year's agenda ---> agenda.
Link for the mobile application: Android and iOS. A great application made available by Paul Harrison

Session Abstract

Linuxfest comes to Europe! Join Bill Malchisky, Daniel Nashed, and IBM's Barry Rosen as they discuss the current strategy regarding Notes and Domino on Linux in an informative round table setting. If you are new to Linux, a pro, or just curious, bring your questions while hearing the latest information from within the IBM Community. We welcome you to provide feedback to IBM about their current direction including SLES and AIX, too. Join us!

And finally, I want to thank both Theo for the opportunity to return to Engage and for the sponsors for ensuring that this spectacular event continues annually.

Image:Join Barry Rose, Daniel Nash, and Myself for the ICS on Linux Round Table on Monday at Engage!

    Join Serdar Basegmez and Myself on Tuesday’s TLCC XPages Webinar Series

    Bill Malchisky  May 1 2017 10:43:56 AM
    On Tuesday, May 2, Back from the Dead goes live via the TLCC's XPages Webinar Series, sponsored by Teamstudio!

    Time: 10:30 AM EDT / 9:30 AM CDT / 7:30 AM PDT / 3:30 PM BST / 4:30 PM CEDT

    Register Here! It's free!

    Back from the Dead: When Bad Code Kills a Good Server
    It's Friday and a new customer calls. Their mission critical app is taking :05 to open documents and the users are quite concerned. Where do you start when handed a 20 year old application you have never seen, on a server you barely know? Join two IBM Champions as they dissect a complex Domino performance problem from both the administration and development side to provide a complete customer solution. The session includes best practices around problem solving techniques and a checklist you can use internally to solve quickly problems you encounter.

    See you online this Tuesday!

    Attention All Loti, ICS Faithful, and IBM Community Members... A New Conference is Coming in 2018!

    Bill Malchisky  April 28 2017 12:05:00 AM
    IBM Think 2018. Bringing together World of Watson and InterConnect to form the technology industry's most important event

    Great news! I am very excited to report that IBM is doing something excellent with their conferences next year. IBM is combining Connect, InterConnect, World of Watson, PartnerWorld, Edge, Amplify, and Vision all into one massive technology show in 2018. What is this conference called? IBM Think 2018!  In my opinion, this is a logical move with IBM recognizing customers and partners are making difficult travel and resource choices for conferences. By merging the list of important IBM knowledge and networking focused events, they create an easier path for interested parties to see all the great solutions IBM has to offer.

    Additionally, IBM is making a very smart decision with a JAM session to receive conference planning input from prospective attendees/community members. You can receive the JAM registration announcement by using your e-mail address right on the conference page. With a show this big, it is wise to receive input from your customers and business partners to make it a valuable experience. Nice move.

    I am looking forward to attending and already making plans to do so. Will you join your fellow members of the IBM Community next year at IBM's largest conference of 2018?

    "You will learn about the latest advances in technology, hear keynotes previewing the newest solutions and network with industry leaders and peers."


    IBM Think, happening in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22, 2018.
    JAM Dates: June 20, 21 & 22, 2017

    Linuxfest at IBM Connect 2017

    Bill Malchisky  February 18 2017 04:54:59 PM
    Hi Everyone!

    Just a quick update on Linuxfest... As I've been involved since Lotusphere 2010 offering the first two Linux Installfests with Joe Litton, and co-offered Linuxfest at Lotusphere, Connect, and ConnectED ever since, I wanted to take a moment and provide a quick update.

    Wes Morgan and I had a few conversations on this year's event and the new city. We both concluded with the new development schedule within IBM, the we should skip a year. Thus, Linuxfest VIII will be delayed a year (presuming there is a conference in some capacity in 2018). We wanted to see a few more feature packs be released and gain more clarity around new offerings and operating system environment decisions over 2017.

    Rest assured, Linux remains a strategic OS for IBM and they are committed to it for their software deployments. From here, let's see what 2017 brings and we'll have plenty to discuss in 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask below as a comment, join our ICS Linux Skype Chat, or attend MWLUG in Washington, D.C. in August 2017 as I will be offering a regional Linuxfest there at Richard Moy's request!

    Have a great year!

    Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer’s Track!

    Bill Malchisky  February 16 2017 12:10:26 PM
    Image:Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer’s Track!

    Yes, for the first time, I'm speaking in the Development, Design and Tools track. A bit nervous and excited simultaneously.  A new audience for me! Fortunately, I'll be co-presenting with Serdar Basegmez to ensure that everyone in the audience will receive quality information from multiple perspectives. Looking forward to attending IBM Connect 2017. See you in San Francisco!

    Back from the Dead: W/hen Bad Code Kills a Good Server

    Session link
    Calendar File:  Sessions-1661A.ics


    Image:Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer’s Track!

    If you never sat-in on a Serdar session, he is giving two during the conference. Here is his speaker profile:


    Image:Come to IBM Connect 2017 and See Me Speak in the Developer’s Track!

    Interested in Going to IBM Connect 2017? Contact me for a $100 Discount

    Bill Malchisky  January 19 2017 08:06:01 AM
    Hi Everyone and Happy New Year to all of you. Best of luck in the new year. I have a couple of posts for IBM Connect in the works. Lets commence new year with a new discount. As an IBM Champion for 2017, IBM is allowing us to offer $100 discounts to friends who may be interested in attending. If you are on the fence, know that the session list is attractive with over 200 being offered. Success stories from customers will be on display, along with the technical labs returning as well. Thus, you can see how IBM software can be used to help solve some of your business challenges. Roll-up your sleeves and get to work learning new ways to address pressing matters to help your company.

    Recall, there is a welcome reception 6 PM PST, Monday evening, 20 February on Presidents Day. The official conference starts on Tuesday, 21 Feb, I am happy to be working presenting with Serdar Basegmez and will discuss our session shortly.
    To register for Connect 2017, click here
    To view Connect 2017 sessions, click here

    If you would like the discount code, just contact me and say, "Please." Have a great year and I hope to see you in San Francisco!

    Image:Interested in Going to IBM Connect 2017? Contact me for a $100 Discount

    Notes Domino Templates Get Slated for an Update. Here’s the Roadmap

    Bill Malchisky  October 3 2016 12:05:00 AM
    This is the first of two roadmap posts I authored for release this week. Beyond my post last month where I covered lightly that templates would be upgraded, Barry Rosen provided an updated roadmap with two slides covering just Notes Domino Templates. For simplicity, I copy-pasted the prose from the first slide to make it searchable, and appended the time table slide for the second. Nice to see some progress here too. Nice to see that they are filling in the hole created previously from multiple areas.

    Templates Roadmap

    * The templates would be posted in Fix Central and not packaged with the fix pack installer.
    * You will be able to optionally download them to upgrade templates
    * Template releases would be aligned to the next closest fix pack release
    * Only templates which have changes would be released
    * The changes would need to include fixes needed for corresponding core/java [sic] fixes in the Notes fix pack.
    * There will be one zip file for English and another for multi languages (possible one each for G1,G2 and G3 languages) posted.

    Image:Notes Domino Templates Get Slated for an Update. Here’s the Roadmap

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