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Ridiculous Ben Langhinrichs 10.Dec.02 11:47 AM Lotus Notes Notes Client 6.0Linux - RedHat, Linux - SuSE
OK, I looked at the BP forum, which is a fairly active and fairly typical Notes discussion forum, and ran a quick analysis (using Midas) over just the Body field. At least (since I was very conservative) 15.5% use features that are not available in the edit control from the web. If you take into account fonts that you can't set from there and such, it is over 20%, and that is without any other features people use from the Notes client. It is not fancy API stuff that makes the Notes client so powerful, it is the powerful rich text editor, the spell checker, the workspace, the formula language that isn't available from the web client, the UI classes that aren't available from the web client. You can simulate some of these, but the Notes client is hugely more powerful than the web browser, and it takes way, way less work to do most things that are designed for a Notes client than to do the same for the web. In addition, many companies have many databases that are only used in the Notes client, and that would pose insurmountable challenges and costs to make available on a web client. If there were a Linux client, they would not have to, so the "cost" of any Linux web clients is greatly magnified.
I'm sorry, but for the ordinary user, the difference between the Notes client and the web browser is in no way 80% of the functionality. Maybe for simple e-mail, but not even for calendaring andscheduling. It is just a ridiculous assertion, mush as I respect you, Nathan. Unfortunately, it is all too common a misconception.