Ed Brill, sales head - Lotus Notes, IBM World-wide, said that the Lotus Notes users who use a Windows or Macintosh system, will be allowed to swap with a Linux version free-of-charge. However, the New Lotus Notes licensees will pay the same rate as Windows or Macintosh customers.
Some of the notable features of Lotus Notes 7.0 include memory functions that automatically save and return to open applications; visual indicators that help users organize and manage their inboxes; etc.
Acording to IBM sources, Lotus Notes on Linux is based on the Eclipse open-source framework. The company says that the upcoming version of Lotus Notes, code-named "Hannover," will also be based on this framework.
The company is reportedly developing a Notes client for Linux as part of Hannover, but this client will require users to have the Java 2 Platform Enterprise edition-based Workplace Managed Client (WMC) installed. The Notes client will run as a component inside the WMC.
There are 125 million Lotus Notes users and a version for a Linux client has been a long time demand of users, especially since Domino has been available for Linux servers since 1998.
In May, IBM announced that the next version of Lotus Notes will include the three main applications of the MS Office suite, a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program.