IBM’s offices suite a.k.a. Lotus Symphony has released its Beta 2, Symphony gives the user three major applications.

  • Word Processor
  • Spread Sheet
  • Presentations

You need to download the .binfile which has 200 Mbytes size, and you need 562 MBytes of free space to install it. It supports Suse and RedHat, according to IBM’s site, I have installed on Centos 5, and works great.

According to its site these are the requirements are:

  • At least 750MB of free disk space on Linux and at least 540MB of free disk space on Windows
  • At least 512MB RAM memory
  • Windows installer does not support AMD64 CPU with XP/Vista 64 bit platforms installed

I have installed it on a VMware machine with Centos 5 Pentium IV 3. GHz and with 384 Mbytes RAM and worked great, but that was the only thing running on the VMware.

If you want to install on your computer, and once you have downloaded the .bin file give it execution permissions.

chmod +x IBM_Lotus_Symphony_linux.bin

And then start it as root, these are the installation screens, you will need to follow.

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus1.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus2.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus4.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

Read and accept the licence.

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus5.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

Select where to save install

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus6.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

And click on install

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus7.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus8.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

You are done.

once installed this is how it looks like.

Start the applications with

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus20.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

Applications->office->IBM Lotus Symphony

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus21.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

Now start any of the three applications it has.

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus22.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

New document

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus23.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

New Spread Sheet

<img src=”http://www.go2linux.org/pics/lotus/lotus24.png” alt=”lotus Symphony screen shot”</img>

New presentation.

It is compatible with Open Document format (ODF)