Installing The IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 Office Suite On Ubuntu 7.04

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Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes how to set up IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 on Ubuntu 7.04. IBM Lotus Symphony is an office-suite that is based on (a fork of v1.x) and ported to Lotus Expeditor (IBM's enhancement of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform). It contains programs for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation.

This howto is meant as a practical guide; it does not cover the theoretical backgrounds. They are treated in a lot of other documents in the web.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I want to say that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Get IBM Lotus Symphony

Download the software from

Note: You have to register first.


2 Installation

There is currently a bug, which prevents the installation if you have desktop effects enabled (Compiz/Beryl).
So be sure that you have disabled the desktop effects before you proceed.

chmod +x IBM_Lotus_Symphony_Linux.bin
cd IBM_Lotus_Symphony_Linux/
sudo ./setup.bin

Next the installation wizard will pop up:

The following window contains the license agreement:

Choose a location for the installation - I recommend to use the default:

Now the software is ready to be installed:

The software is being installed:

When the install is complete, choose Exit and open later:


3 Bugfix

After the installation finished, you'll see that the lotus folder in your home directory belongs to root. So you have to change the ownership:

cd /home/%yourusername%/
sudo chown -R %yourusername%:%yourusername% lotus/


4 Use

Currently the software is very slow (depending on your hardware). It is accessible via the Applications menu in the gnome panel:


5 Deinstall

If you want to uninstall the software, simlpy run the uninstaller:

cd /opt/ibm/lotus/Symphony/_uninst/
sudo ./uninstaller.bin


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By: mkx

Here's a direct link to the [.deb] file you might want to add to the article:


Installing the Java Runtime Environment as described here is a pre-requisite to install and run the IBM office suite.

Also restarting the Gnome panel is needed to get the icons added to the 'Office' menu.


There is no need to install the Java Runtime Environment separate.
The installer installs a version of JRE provided by the office suite itself.

 Yes, if there are no icons in your menu you have to restart the gdm.


By: mayank johri

It will be a bad idea to let the installer install JRE as it will break the package management system of Ubuntu.