Letters to the editor

Deal with meetings this way

With regards to the article "Deal with meetings" written by international contributor PJ Connolly and published in Computerworld (January 27, p18). We (at Griffith University) run IBM's Lotus Notes client successfully across our heterogeneous systems, including Mac OS X (Jaguar) and Linux, despite claims in the article that support was not available for these two operating systems.

To get them working, all we had to do was:

- Mac OS X: boot the Mac computer using OS 9 and install the Lotus Notes client. After installation, you can safely boot with OS X and run Lotus Notes.

- Linux: we are using WINE, a free Windows emulator that runs on Linux, to successfully run Lotus Notes from our Linux workstations.

Hope these tidbits are of benefit to you, the contributor, and the readers.

Chris Osborne.

IT services team leader.

IC&Technologies Services.

Griffith University, Qld.

iSeries 'bigot' sees bias

Once again Computerworld is showing its bias/ignorance. I have been reading your 25-year-old magazine since its first edition. In all that time there has been a common theme whenever the IBM System38/AS400/iSeries gets a mention. It is now the "25-year-old mid-range server line". Usually it is the "ageing" computer range. Always implying that it is an obsolete computer system.

You should send one of your journalists out to do some proper research on the iSeries, read some of the white papers written by various consultants, even read Dr Frank Soltis' "Fortress Rochester - The Inside Story of the IBM iSeries" and talk to some real iSeries users.

You might discover why Microsoft runs [its] business on IBM iSeries servers, or why iSeries users are so fanatical about their systems, or why the iSeries is IBM's best-kept secret, and that the iSeries has technology that its competitors can only wish for and dream about.

I shall keep reading Computerworld and look forward to your well-researched feature article about the IBM iSeries (or "The 400" as we old bigots still like to call it).

Oystein Berg.

IT manager.

Caprice Australia, Vic.

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