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Lotus Notes 8.5 & Ubuntu 9.10

if you install the .deb file of Lotus Notes Client 8.5 in Ubuntu 9.10 everything will go fine, except that you will not see anything in the main window…It’s a problem related to an update of libgtk, you need the old files instead.

Easy solution:

1 – Download here the 4 files (courtesy of BenKevan/EclipseAgent)

2 – Copy them in /opt/ibm/lotus/notes

3 – Voilà.


January 22, 2010 Posted by | computer | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Update the Nvidia Drivers with Ubuntu 9.10 (manual mode)

After upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10 my X server sometimes gave me a casually “Out of Range” message; I’ve installed the Nvdia drivers for my graphic card a few months ago (with Ubuntu 9.04) and the version 1.85 is probably not fully compatible with the new Karmic Koala. There are a lot of useful guides that let you know how to upgrade repositories and automate installation of drivers via apt-get…But I offer to you a fastest and very old-fashion style way:

1 – Remove the old drivers from System -> Administration -> Hardware Driver

2 – Download from Nvidia website the 1.90 software for Linux  (it’s a .run file, near 22-23 mb)

3 – Press CTRL+ALT+F1 for open a terminal session (don’t use your terminal link on desktop, it’s a different thing) and write your standard username/password

4 – Stop the X server with sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop (Ubuntu will tell you that there are other commands, like service and stop for doing this, but this one will probably work;-))

5 – Manually go to the directory where you’ve saved the .run file

6 – Do sudo sh Nvidia bla bla bla etc etc 🙂

7 – Follow the onscreen instructions and at the end let the new Nvdia install to edit and change your graphic configuration

8 – Reboot with sudo shutdown -r now

9 – Voilà, if you go to System -> Administration -> Nvidia Server Settings you’ll see that the new drivers are on and you’ll can eventually make changes about resolution etc.



November 18, 2009 Posted by | computer | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ubuntu 9.10 – A Fast Review

I’ve just upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 from 9.04, by using always the same method (via Administration->Update Manager) as in the past. The process took near 2 hours, with only a continous crash related to the Flash plugin. This new edition has some news, like:

1 – The Ubuntu Software Center:


where you can download applications and at sametime watch what you’ve installed and eventually remove it. Very windows style. Very useless:-) I’m a little tired about “easy things for newbies”…If you’re a linux newbie you want to learn something new, different, open; you don’t need another win style computer!Past years Linux wasn’t user-friendly…Now it’s too much;-)

2 – Ubuntu One: 2gb of webspace for sharing and backup, directly accessible from desktop


3 – A lot of new screensavers/desktop images and themes

4 – A better support about Eucalyptus and private cloud (on server edition)

5- Open Office 3.1

Ubuntu is a must to have BUT before upgrading remember that:

1 – IMHO this edition is a little slower than 9.04, at least on my pc without a fresh install; startup and open applications remember to me the same “slowly feeling” I had when upgraded from 8.04 to 8.10 (is the .10 release always slower than .04???:-))
2 – My old Vmware Player 2.5.2 needed an update to 3.0 in order to work with new kernel (download the .bundle file on Vmware website and install it with sudo sh xxxxxx.bundle). The 3.0 is fantastic and it can create VM too!
3 – The Lotus Notes Client 8.5 doesn’t work with Ubuntu 9.10; a re-install didn’t fix it.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | computer | , , , , , | Leave a comment