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Sametime Server on Linux

As LinuxWorld gets under way today, I am very pleased to be able to say that we are committing to deliver a Sametime server that runs on Linux.  

OK, I know, let's get this out of the way.  Ready?  Say it all together:  "Finally!!!"  There - feel better?  Now, as I was saying...

Based on the many customers and Business Partners that I've spoken to while in this role, I'm pretty confident that this will be a well received announcement.  Well, that and the fact that it's been a rare Lotusphere/Lotusphere Comes to You/Business Partner Session where one of the questions - if not the first - isn't "When will we have a Sametime server on Linux?"

I have personally spoken to many companies, ranging from under a hundred users to over 100,000, who are looking for this - who are saying that they've had Domino running on Linux for a while, but can't get rid of their Windows box(es) because of Sametime.  These are people - and I'm guessing given the growth of Linux deployments, there will be more and more of them - who are looking for a more secure, more cost effective, more reliable platform on which to run their enterprise.  And I'm very glad that we can now say that we're bringing Sametime to that table.  

And, of course, let's not overlook that we will very shortly be releasing a full Sametime client for Linux, as well.

We will have more details to share over the coming months on exactly when the Sametime server on Linux will be available (right now, we're expecting mid-2007), and whether it will be Sametime 7.5 or Sametime Next that will be available on Linux.  Just be assured that we'll have it.  (Oh, and since I'm sure the supported platform question will come up pretty quickly, we're looking at Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, with the specific versions we will support being determine closer to availability.)

I'll post a link to the press release and ongoing coverage as it becomes available.

 The press release can be found here (or here on  Please see the post above for ongoing coverage.


    Adeleida | Website: | 8/14/2006 1:07:45 AM GMT

    *** Big happy tribal dance goes here ***

    Will we be able to run it on the same server as a Domino server?

    Chris Whisonant | Website: | 8/14/2006 7:16:25 AM GMT

    Awesome!! That's great to hear for those shops wanting to get rid of Windows. :)

    Now that you're going to support it, here's another question from a non-Windows shop. Currently we're still on ST 6.5.1FP1 on our iSeries. But, we have to have a Windows Attachment conversion server. With Sametime 7.5 will this requirement be done away with? If not, then will that mean that the Linux ST server will also require a Windows attachment conversion server?

    I know, I know - "you customers are always wanting more and more!" :)

    Keep up the good work!

    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 8/14/2006 7:27:23 AM GMT

    @1 - I will double check, but I'm pretty sure the recommendation would still be to have Sametime and Domino (I assume you mean mail) running on separate servers.

    @2 - With Sametime 7.5 today, you will still need a Windows Attachment conversion server. We're looking at how to remove this requirement in the future, and so depending on exactly when Sametime Server on Linux is available, we may have this resolved by then.

    Chris Whisonant | Website: | 8/14/2006 8:40:43 AM GMT

    @3 - Thanks Adam!

    @1 - I would also like to say that I wouldn't recommend running the Sametime processes on the same server/partition as your mail server. On our iSeries, we run it on the same hardware but in a different Domino partition. I would agree with Lotus that you shouldn't run sametime and mail on the same Domino server.

    Rob McDonagh | Website: | 8/14/2006 8:59:01 AM GMT

    Brilliant. There are a lot of happy people reading this.

    Mark Dowling | Website: | 8/14/2006 9:52:04 AM GMT

    This is good news - I hope someone is talking to RIM about a BES on Linux as that could eliminate our Domino-Win32 box count.

    Daniel Silva | Website: | 8/14/2006 9:40:02 PM GMT

    Adam, the news coverage say "US$55 per user for a perpetual license"... can you elaborate on what "perpetual license" means?


    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 8/14/2006 9:51:11 PM GMT

    A perpetual license is how most IBM software is licensed. It means that you don't have to keep buying a new license every year or for each new version of the software. (If you do want to be able to receive support for the product or be eligible to move to newer versions, though, you will need to be current on annual support and maintenance, which is a fraction of the full license price).

    More details are available on the IBM Passport Advantage website here: { Link }

    Scott Gentzen | Website: | 8/15/2006 9:16:14 AM GMT

    Sweet, thank you!

    I hope this becomes a trend for the other extended products to follow.

    | Website: | 8/16/2006 3:34:42 PM GMT


    So where is the Beta?


    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 8/16/2006 8:22:23 PM GMT

    @10 All in good time... All in good time.

    (And to everyone - please include an e-mail with your comments - thank you.)

    Josef Prusa | Website: | 8/17/2006 9:33:54 AM GMT

    Hello and my cc: to "Where is the Beta?" line. We have been running Domino on Linux since version 5 (could that be 5 years?) and Sametime is just that last addition to make us all happy.


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