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RE: huh? MARK D Davenport 5.Dec.02 03:35 PM a Web browser Notes Client 6.0Linux - RedHat, Linux - SuSE
This is a completely short sighted and unbelievable statement which I've seen Lotus make many times.
Honestly how much effort would it really take to make the notes client more friendly to stand alone installations and make it Linux compatible?
For a Windows based stand alone client you'd simply need to add rule functionality outside of Domino. Then you have a direct home competitor to Outlook.
If you give the Client Linux compatibility then you have a true cross platform Client that you can market to people and companies looking for MS alternatives.
But no, Lotus doesn't have the hindsite to see that haveing an easily useable cross platfom client that is fully functional outside of Domino is a great thing and would give MS a run for it's money.
The problem for Lotus is people bring their home preferences to work with them. People are more familiar with the outlook mail client than notes so when they come to work and have to use Notes they are lost and find the learning curve much greater than either having Outlook at work or a client that worked more like Outlook.
Now if Lotus notes has a larger home installed base more people would be familiar with the client and find it much easier to transition to at work.
This is also important because in the long run CIO's and other Executives make the decisions on what E mail system the company uses. They use Outlook at home they are familiar with it and do no want a learning curve for them or their users.
At my company I have seen the mail preferenace of one CIO basically spell the end for notes here after 7 years of using Lotus. We're trying to not go that direction but in the end the CIO will probably win out.