When IBM releases in several months its Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 upgrade, the software will include expanded Linux support.
IBM's Lotus Web client, Lotus Domino Web Access (formerly iNotes), will be updated to allow access from either a Linux- or Windows-based PC, IBM said Wednesday. Through a Web browser, users can connect to the software and tap into Lotus functionality such as e-mail and calendaring applications.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer was previously the only supported browser, but with the 6.5 update, Mozilla support will be added, IBM said. Lotus Domino Web Access is also being tweaked to enable connections to Lotus Instant Messaging (formerly Sametime) while running in Mozilla.
IBM recently updated Lotus Domino Web Access to enable its operation on Intel-based Linux servers. With the 6.5 release, IBM will add support for Domino on its eServer zSeries mainframes, making possible an end-to-end, client-and-server Notes and Domino deployment on Linux, IBM said.
IBM's scaled-down e-mail system, Lotus Workplace Messaging, is slated to have Linux supported added during the fourth quarter of 2003. The company's employee collaboration software, Lotus Workplace, will also have Linux support for several applications added in that timeframe.
Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 are due in the late third or early forth quarter. Pricing details have not yet been announced.