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Heading to IamLUG? The Lotus on Linux Report is coming to St. Louis...

Bill Malchisky  July 31 2010 12:53:49 AM
I am privileged to present the Lotus on Linux Report for the crowd at IamLUG on Monday, 2 Aug during the 3p hour slot. The conference team that puts together the event is excellent and I am thrilled to be working with them again this year.

For the 2010 version, I really had to make tough decisions on content. The world of Linux an Lotus is busting-out in so many directions that my bookmarking process since January and communicating with people the past few months left me with too much content. Success stories ranging from small businesses enjoying Foundations to larger international financial firms running Domino on zLinux and saving tens to hundreds of millions of dollars annually were in large supply. Product lines offering new Linux offerings, ISVs providing new or extended products, plus expanded site content on blogs and wikis covering Linux excited me. It's really overwhelming in some regards and I fully embrace this type of challenge. Great job to IBM and Lotus!

I know the value Linux brings to an organization and the time and money it saves. Early in my business I switched from Windows servers to Linux servers (c. 1999) because I realized, there is no money in being your own client. In those days, I would spend eight to ten hours fixing Windows boxes and servers, only to come home and do the exact same thing in my office, den, or with family members. It made for long and less profitable days. Shortly after the server switch, I migrated all the office desktops to Linux. My assistant, bookkeeper, and part-time techs all managed. With a small amount of guidance ("There is no Start button and it is OK.") they ran with the concept.

The biggest benefit for my firm was that everything worked when the team needed it. The documents printed, files opened, the Internet was available. I saved hours of wasted time each day. Today, my only Windows experience is on one laptop so that I can run the Lotus Notes Administrator and Designer clients. I have Windows safely tucked away in a VM container where it can not harm anyone. My base OS is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS x64 and do all my presentation writing, authoring, web surfing, client management (via SSH), disc burning and backups from Linux. Overall, it's a good combination and works quite well.

For complete disclosure, the Lotus Notes for Linux client does not work so well on the x64 bit Linux flavor, so I have a few other VMs with i386 Linux to run Notes.

So from that experience years ago, through now, I have seen repeatedly the power that Linux presents to business users. This created a passion within, and allows me to provide what I feel is a unique perspective, benefitting the session attendees. So are you headed to Saint Louis in the coming week? Remember the IamLUG Twitter account for updates and information too. IamLUG is a short densely packed knowledge-oriented experience with a price tag even Ebenezer Scrooge would embrace.

Hope to see you in St. Louis. Please do say, "Hello." Have a great week!



Session Abstract:

Lotus on Linux Report

What is Lotus doing with Linux today? These are exciting times in the Lotus space and Linux is a key facet of their software strategy. Let's look at all of their products supporting Linux, issues with running in production, and how business solutions using this NOS can create business saves. In this session we will discuss how Lotus is fully embracing Linux as a Domino and Notes platform. With all of the new and enhanced Notes-related products offered, keeping track of what product is available and realistic to run in your firm, can be challenging. And sometimes knowing how to install each Linux-variant product can add additional complexity. Join Bill to cover all of the products and provide some install and usage tips on each, maximizing your experience. We may even have unusually terrific Linux swag to dispense too!
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1Gaming Laptop  8/2/10 3:30:52 AM  Heading to IamLUG? The Lotus on Linux Report is coming to St. Louis...

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