RE: Fitness for a particular purpose MARK D Davenport 6.Dec.02 03:41 PM a Web browser Notes Client 6.0Linux - RedHat, Linux - SuSE
While I agree that lotus would never overtake Outlook Express I think it's silly to just give up and market just towards the corporate user when Outlook/Exchange is still your biggest competitor in the corporate market.
Either that or Lotus should drop the client completely and make Inotes for Outlook actually work correctly.
It took time for I.E. to overtake nescape in the browser market. At one time Netscape had 90% market share for web browising and I.E. was complete crap, this was the pre 4 releases of I.E which were terrible.
Then MS stepped it up and after a couple of years netscape is a small small player in the browser market. This shows you can overcome what seems like an impossibility and also that MS will do anything to win and they will eventually beat Lotus out of the corporate market.
I and all other domino admins and developers had better learn some other skills quickly cause if Lotus rests on it's butt in the corporate sector it is already over.
If anything it just really irks me the attitude Lotus has towards this and towards multi platform compatiblity. They are so blase with their freakin why bother attitude it almost make me wish they would lose out, excpet for the fact this skillset puts food on my table right now which then makes me ticked off again that Lotus seems content to not market the product at all and has given up on user acceptance and multi platform useage.
Why can't Lotus be ahead of the curve right now?
Companies are looking for ways to have non MS and non Intel workstations they want to run Linux they just can't because companies like Lotus won't support it. Port Smartsuite and the Notes Client to Linux couple that with Mozilla and you have a Linux workstation that is nearly as functional as an MS workstation for the average corporate user. Hell you already have the Server addition on Linux why not the client?
Why does Lotus always have to wait and wait instead of taking a chance?