Linux and Domino. Hadn’t realized how out of the loop I’d been.

As part of my role in the local user group, I volunteered to get a box up and running for the site. I’d intended to replicate what I’d setup in our own environment over the last few years, a Red Hat OS and the latest Domino version on it. As I dug out some Red Hat 8 cd’s and got it setup, I remembered the CA key expiration issue with RH 8 and went to their site to remember what to do. Now, I’ve known about RH enterprise server for awhile, but I’d totally missed the discontinuing of any “standard” RH version…yeah, I’ve been busy. Not only that, but 7, 8, and 9 are either no longer maintained or won’t be soon. So what are the options now for a Domino server on Linux? And what are the implications for RH ES? So, I did a little more digging…

First, Red Hat’s table comparing RHES, Fedora, and Red Hat. With April being the end of the line for security support for 9, that introduces a maintenance and support problem for continuing to use that. And while the table claims a range of pricing starting from $179 for RHES, I’ve not seen anything under $350. Still, that’s doable.

However, if you’ve read through the forums, there are some problems with using RHES and Domino. Multi-processor support is still a problem. And the issue apparently won’t be resolved quickly. Moving into the Domino 7.x timeframe, this post on notes.net indicates that for a “scalable production environment”, Domino on Red Hat is basically dead for about a year or so.

This seems to leave only 3 viable alternatives:

  • keep an old “standard edition” linux around and play small ball
  • go with United Linux 1.0
  • use Linux on an IBM platform

. Not a big deal…unless you happen to have more than a few systems running on Red Hat already. Migration could be interesting 😉

I tend to agree with some sentiments expressed in the forum about this complicating the Express/CEO offerings. We finally get a SMB Notes solution that can be widely cast, only to have the picture muddied at the OS level. At this point, I’d probably have to point customers to a complete IBM solution (hardware+os+domino), or a Microsoft OS. As an IBM partner, of course I’m pleased with the opportunity to pitch a one stop service here, however many SMB clients might see it a bit differently.

6 thoughts on “Linux and Domino. Hadn’t realized how out of the loop I’d been.

  1. Correct. SUSE 9 Professional is still cheap and maintained. I’d referred to United Linux (which you’d probably get from SUSE) as the “supported” platform for Domino going forward. But the SUSE professional edition would fill the void of the Red Hat 7,8,9 demise. What has your experience been like on SUSE?

  2. Oh, not much experience. We just ran an internal test server on Linux for a while. Must have been SuSE 6 or 7. It was basically: download Domino, grab one of several installation instructions from the web and go. Never had any problems with it.

  3. We are running Domino on a Dell box on Debian Woody. This software is really free and it will be for sure in the future.

    Rock solid package admininistration. Sure it’s not officially supported by IBM, but it is Linux and there are only a few things to consider. Runs smoothy and replicates well in a cluster with Win2K servers.

    That way I never have trouble with strange upcoming company policies.

    If you decide to go the Linux path, why not doing it the Debain way. Debian is considered conservative – but it is really stable

  4. Thanks for the feedback. I hadn’t looked at Debian in awhile. I’ll do that. Personally, the lack of IBM support doesn’t bother me…but I could see where it might matter for some of our customers.

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