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InternetWeek: Lotus Domino R5 For Linux

Jan 11, 2000, 17:56 (1 Talkback[s])
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"In an effort to make sure you can deploy Domino on any platform of your choosing, Lotus recently released a version of Domino for Linux. Sharing all of the same features as those found on the other operating system platforms, Domino for Linux provides a low-cost, high-value platform for application servers. In it, you will find full mail and Web services, support for LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and clustering support for high availability needs. New to this release is XML (Extensible Markup Language) support and Lotus XSL-Lotus' implementation of a server-side XML-to-HTML conversion utility. As of this writing, there are no plans for a Notes client for Linux...."

"The nice thing about the Linux port is that you don't lose any functionality or sacrifice any features by deploying on Linux. As we saw in our last review of Domino...you get online database compaction, transactional logging and support for databases up to 64 GB in size. We like Domino's wide range of built-in Internet protocols. A Domino server can not only handle Notes clients, but IMAP4, POP3 and browsers for messaging services. You also get native Internet addressing and SMTP routing, integrated X.509 certificates, LDAPv3 and S/MIME for secure messages. The ability to hook into an LDAP directory is a definite plus for heterogeneous enterprises."

"For Domino Enterprise Server users, the ability to set up Domino clusters is very important. Domino Enterprise Server can do load balancing and failover to other Domino servers to make sure that your mission-critical applications stay online. The thing that really impressed us is that you can mix and match the OS platform your Domino servers are running on in a single cluster. For example, you can have a Domino Enterprise Server on Linux in a cluster made up of Windows NT- or Solaris-based servers. This allows you to easily scale up your Domino system as your needs grow."

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