How to install IBM Lotus Symphony in Ubuntu 10.04 64bit

BEFORE continuing… read this posting:
there is now a .deb package of version 3.0 (final) available if you want to try it.
if you are trying to install version 1.3 (for Lotus 123 compatibility) continue reading.

This also works for 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) 64bit… obviously the partner repositories URL’s will be:
Index of /ubuntu maverick partner
Index of /ubuntu maverick partner (Source Code)
instead (see below).
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OK, IBM don’t do a native 64bit version of the IBM Lotus Symphony Office productivity suite, so you’ll have to force install the 32bit version, but I’ve tested it and it works perfectly… it opens faster than OpenOffice (3.2), and IMO has a nicer interface, it’s compatable with Lotus 123 docs (or so I’m told… I’ve not tested this), and Open Standard formats such as those used in OpenOffice, as well as M$ Office docs.

It even has a simple built in web-browser for downloading clipart, templates, tutorials, plug-ins, etc. from the IBM website, but it can be used to browse other sites too :slight_smile:

Info - I’ve been told Symphony 1.3 is compatable with Lotus 123 docs, but 3.0 beta 4 isn’t… again I must stress I haven’t tested this.

Neither version overwrites OpenOffice, or affects it in any way.

To install Symphony 32bit version in Ubuntu 10.04 64bit.

Download either Symphony 3.0 beta 4 from:
Symphony 1.3 from:

and place the downloaded file (symphony_3.0-1hardy1_i386.deb or symphony_1.3-1hardy2_i386.deb) into your home directory.

Next there are a few things you need to do.

First you will need to activate the “partner” repositories (see EDIT at top for 10.10 maverick)

Go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
when Synaptic starts, go to Settings>Repositories>Other Software
put a tick in:
Index of /ubuntu lucid partner
Index of /ubuntu lucid partner (Source Code)
Click “Close”.

Then you will need to install the following packages.

Open a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libstdc++6 ia32-libs ia32-sun-java6-bin

Now download this package:
and place it in your home directory.
Open the libxkbfile package with file-roller (make sure to use sudo)
back in the terminal, enter:

sudo file-roller ./libxkbfile1_1.0.4-1_i386.deb

Open the data.tar.gz file in file-roller. You should be able to simply double click on the file to open it in file-roller. If you are prompted to select an application to open it with just type file-roller in the Application box and click Open.
Double click the “.” folder then the “usr” folder then the “lib” folder.
Select the following files:

Click “Extract” and extract those files to /usr/lib32.
Close both file-roller windows

Back in the terminal, enter:

sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i symphony_3.0-1hardy1_i386.deb

for Symphony 3.0 beta 4

sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i symphony_1.3-1hardy2_i386.deb

for Symphony 1.3

After the installation is completed you’ll have a new “IBM Lotus Symphony” menu item in your Applications>Office menu. The first time you run it you’ll be asked to accept a software license from a terminal window. Just type 1 and then enter to continue.

To uninstall:

sudo dpkg --force-architecture -P symphony

the --force-architecture bit may not be needed but it doesn’t hurt to include it.

Screenshots of IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0 beta 4 Word Processor.
(if anyone wants screenshots of the “Presentation” or “Spreadsheet” modules, let me know.)

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Looks nice! Might have to give that ago shortly … :slight_smile:

hi, thanks for the tips, works great, but i am having problem wth presentation. i gave me an error occured:

and when i close it, more error notice come out( multiple error occured)

before reading this tips, im having the prob with all ILS3 software( word, presentation,web), now only with presentation :cry:

any advice??

Have you got the ia32-sun-java6-bin, sun-java6-jre and sun-java6-bin packages installed ?

sudo apt-get install ia32-sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-bin

ALL modules including Presentation work fine for me :slight_smile:

For Maverick users (thanks to Dylan) there is now a .deb package available for installing IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0 (final release) in Ubuntu 10.10 64bit

Available (as a link from) here -

or direct download here:

I haven’t tested it, so it’s a “use at your own risk” kind of thing :slight_smile:

I would appreciate feedback from anyone that does try it.

and also feedback from anyone that tries it in Lucid 64bit.

I’ve now tested the .deb (in maverick) and it installed without issue, and all seems well… still a “use at your own risk” thing though :wink: