When I hear 'open-mic' I usually think of stand-up comedy. (For my UK readers, I bear no relation to a comedian of a similar name to mine, and only get it mentioned roughly 50% of new people I'm introduced to.) Well, best-practices are no laughing matter. The Lotus Support Technical Exchange team take sharing their expertise seriously enough to regularly hold public webcasts and conference calls on useful topics, such as a forthcoming call on best practices around Sametime on VMware. (See, I avoided having to differentiate between virtualisation and virtualization there!)
This Sametime call is on December 16th - details here.
The list of up coming (& recorded calls from the recent past) can be found here. Past topics include; Connections, Notes-Domino, WCM Portal - so a good chunk of the portfolio then.
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A while ago I was interested in checking out Notes8 on Linux but didn't have the time to 'roll-my-own'. I'd come across an offer of a live-DVD version of Notes8 on Linux. Firstly I downloaded the SUSE10-Notes8 live DVD from here. Snappily titled, "IBM open collaboration client solution powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell". Surely, "Notes8 on Linux" would have been shorter? (I know, I know, don't call me Shirley...). Incidentally, The Register commented on this some time ago here.
After slapping my forehead in a "Doh!", Homer-Simpson, moment I realised my drive-bay had my extra HD instead of my DVD burner. A little bit of quick thinking later, I created a blank VMware machine and edited the CD-ROM settings to use the ISO DVD image instead of having to burn to DVD and boot from it. (Example settings below).
Voilà! You can now trial Notes8 (via VMware) on Linux. Certainly saves DVDs from ending up as more coffee mats...
Hot on the heels of the successful Irish Lotus User Group (ILUG), the UK event (no surprise to be known as UKLUG there then) has announced it's dates for 2008.
This year it'll be on the 18th and 19th September at the Church House conference centre in London. Attendance is free, but I'd advise you to register now, via this link, if you intend to attend as last year's event was heavily oversubscribed.
As usual, there will be two session tracks; administration and development. This event is great for networking, as well as informative sessions. But most impressive is the community spirit involved in the organising team - business partners, IBMers and advocates of Lotus solutions.
The Enterprise2.0 conference is underway in Boston and I've been keeping up to date via colleagues' blogs, Twitter, and public media coverage.
What caught my eye was the coverage of Lotus Connections via Ed and Mac. Plus the positive piece on CIO.com:
"IBMs Lotus Connections looked, at minimum, a year or more ahead of SharePoint in its social computing capabilities out of the box."
Nice to see our peers in the industry with gracious remarks about Connections:
"Connections has a good-looking user interface that even Venky Veeraraghavan, program manager at SharePoint, admitted during his closing remarks are currently much better than SharePoint."