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Install Groupwise 8.0.1 client on Kubuntu 9.10 64 bit

While Novell supports Linux, it mostly supports SuSE, which uses rpm and not deb packages. But it's still fairly easy to install the Groupwise client on an Ubuntu based system.

First, you'll need some software to do this.

$ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs ia32-sun-java6-bin alien

Then download the client. After you download it, use alien to extract the contents

$ alien -t --veryverbose novell-groupwise-client-8.0.1-88138.i586.rpm

Groupwise 8 and java time zone problem

The GroupWise 8 client runs great under Ubuntu, but there is a slight problem with the time zone. Because the GroupWise client is a Java based client, a slight adjustment may need to be made.

Java, for some reason, expects a symbolic link at /etc/localtime. When it doesn't get it, it defaults to, usually, the wrong time zone. This caused issues like the calendar in GroupWise to be off.

To fix this:

sudo cp /etc/localtime /etc/localtime.bak