Running old Mac OS version or PowerPC hardware?

The latest greatest release of Lotus Notes for the Mac, Notes 8.5, only runs on OS X 10.5 (Leopard) on Intel processors.

I can understand why IBM made this the supported configuration, but it does leave users with older software or hardware trying to find out what versions of Notes are open to them.  This table might just help:

Notes Client Versions
Mac OS Versions Supported
Processor Support
(Intel and/or PPC)
Release 8.5

10.5.x

Note: Both standard and basic configurations

of the Notes client on Mac are supported.
Intel Only

(PPC supported with Basic Configuration)
Release 7.0.3

10.5.x (see technote #1290250)
10.4.x
PPC and Intel
Release 7.0.2

10.4.x
PPC and Intel
Release 6.5.6 and 6.5.5

10.4.x
10.3.x

10.2.x

10.1.x
PPC Only
Release 6.5.4

10.3.x
10.2.x

10.1.x
PPC Only
Release 6.5.3

10.3.x
10.2.x

10.1.x
PPC Only
Release 6.5.2

10.3.x
10.2.x

10.1.x
PPC Only
Release 6.5 and 6.5.1

10.2.x
10.1.x
PPC Only


Notes:

  • Notes 7.0.2 for Macintosh is the first Notes 7.x release supported on the Mac OS.
  • Refer to technote #1290250 for known issues when running Notes 7.0.3 on Mac 10.5.xLink
  • Notes 8.5 is the first Notes 8.x release supported on the Mac OS
  • Currently there is no 8.0.x version of Notes for the Mac platform; the platforms available for 8.0.x are Linux and Microsoft Windows. Refer to Technote #1265157 for more details.
  • For more information on PPC vs. Intel Processor support, seetechnote 1232620 “Is the Intel-based Macintosh a supported platform for Notes“.

Unless you absolutely have no other option, I wouldn’t run any Notes/Mac release older than 7.0.2 – it isn’t a great user experience to say the least, but 7.0.2/7.0.3 are definitely workable solutions for those that need to support older configurations.

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!