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IBM Lotus Symphony - Hardy installer for Ubuntu / Debian / Mint Linux

I recently upgraded my Linux to Ubuntu 12, and I had major difficulties installing the IBM Lotus Symphony. It would not install, complaining about dependencies involving some libnotify program. I found and installed libnotify, but then Lotus would not start up. I found that there's a problem with the currently available Debian installer / program for Lotus, and following some advice I found from my Google search, I tried a previous version of the Lotus installer, and everything seems to work fine. I'm making the installer available here for people who need it, since I can't seem to find it on the IBM website.

 Details: The current installer is designated for the Lucid version of Ubuntu - symphony_3.0.1-1lucid1_i386.deb - for Ubuntu / Debian versions since March 2010. Installing this in the most recent versions of Ubuntu / Mint Linux (versions 12-14) doesn't work for some people, leading to the following error message - or the program simply won't start up.

 ..... dependency not satisfiable: libnotify1 (>=0.4.4)

 There is  a workaround that you can find on a couple of websites, for example, hunting down the libnotify program, installing it, and doing some other tricks to run the Lotus installer. But this didn't work for me. I tried reinstalling Lotus, or doing the workarounds, in KDE, Cinnamon, and Unity, but no luck. So I got the previous installer for Hardy - for Ubuntu flavors going back to 2008, and it worked. It seems the program is buggy and is not compatible with newer flavors of Debian based Linux, but the older installer still works. So here it is for those who need it.

 symphony_3.0-1hardy1_i386.deb  (scroll down for the link)

 BTW, a Google search will turn up other problems with Lotus, like with the 64-bit version, and you can find sites with workarounds or custom-made installer files that people have created for those issues.


kent lee said…
Or better yet, switch to Libre Office 4 (, which is a continuation of the OpenOffice that Symphony was based on. Sadly, IBM no longer plans to continue active development of Symphony.

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