Installing Domino 8.0.1 on Redhat Linux?

In the course of installing many Domino servers on Redhat Linux (RHEL5 ES) this week, there have been a few stumbling blocks so I thought it would be worth getting them out in the open…

1) The graphical installer for Domino 8.0.1 will not run on a vanilla install of RHEL5, citing an error opening your DISPLAY, no matter how much you play with xhost settings!  This is documented in the 8.0.1 Release Notes:

Running the Domino server installer on RedHat platforms To successfully install the Domino server in graphical mode on supported RedHat platforms, install the following RPM: libXp-1.0.0-8.i386.rpm (or later)
If you are using the 64-bit version of RedHat, also install : libXp-1.0.0-8.x86_64.rpm (or later)

64-bit version of RedHat only You must install the following 32-bit library on your 64-bit RedHat server to run the Domino server installer in graphical mode:
libXmu

To check the rpms you have installed , run:
/bin/rpm -q -a

If you want to select local setup during installation, or select manual setup during installation and then manually launch the Domino server setup in graphical mode, you will also need to install compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-61.i386.rpm, in order to get the Domino server setup GUI. Please see the “Linux system requirements” for full package requirements for Domino on Linux.

Once these packages are installed (using Applications,Add/Remove Software) it works fine.

2) You must disable the SELinux security settings during install (or at least before installing Domino).  This is switched on by default in RHEL5, and is not supported in Domino 8.0.1.

Having said the above, I am really liking Redhat as a server platform, especially when hosted to VMWare ESX as in this case.  If you are looking for an alternative to Windows in your environment, you could do worse than taking a good look at what RHEL5 has to offer…

Besides, you have this great option for a desktop wallpaper!

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Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!