Installing IBM Connections plug-ins in IBM Notes 9 on Ubuntu Linux


A great article from Mat Newman, where he explains the installation steps for the IBM Connections plug-ins for IBM Notes 9:

A quick one to share today - how to get the IBM Connections Activities, Status updates and enhanced Business Card Plug-ins installed easily in IBM Notes 9:
Modify your access to /opt/ibm/notes

I found this was necessary because one cannot modify the content of /opt/ibm/notes using the installer from within the Notes client, and one cannot execute Notes as root, so:

  • Open a terminal
  • sudo nautilus
  • Navigate to the /opt/ibm folder
  • Right-Click Notes
  • Choose properties
  • Go to the Permissions tab,
  • Change "others" to have "Create and Delete" rights.

Once you're finished, you can modify the access back to the default using the same procedure.

Download and extract the Connections Plug-ins in IBM Notes 9

Download the Installer from the IBM Connections plug-in download available from greenhouse:

https://greenhouse.lotus.com/plugins/plugincatalog.nsf/assetDetails.xsp?action=editDocument&documentIdÁ245802A721A20185257A9B005EFD52

Once downloaded:
  • Open the file in Archive Manager,
  • Extract ConnectionsAddonInstaller.zip
  • From within ConnectionsAddonInstaller.zip, locate the file "updateSite.zip" and drag that to your required install location.

Figure 1: Extracting the updateSite.zip file to your required install location
Figure 1: Extracting the updateSite.zip file to your required install location

Now you're ready to install.

From within IBM Notes 9:
  • File -> Application -> Install,
  • "Search for New Features to install",
  • "Add Zip/Jar Location...",
  • Navigate to the updateSite.zip file extracted earlier.
  • Next, Next, Accept, Install, etc, etc...

Restart Notes ... VOILA! IBM Connections Activities, Status Updates and Enhanced Business Cards.
At Present this install option will not install the IBM Connections Files plug-in ... watch this space!


Figure 2: IBM Notes 9 with the plugins installed:
Figure 2: IBM Notes 9 with the plugins installed:

Enjoy.

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