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Linux Desktop Odyssey: when Linux has a bad day

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I was preparing to move to my Linux desktop yesterday when all hell broke loose. It seems the SLED 10 box and its partner in crime Lotus Notes were having a very bad day. Let me recapitulate.

I turn on the Linux PC and it boots up fine. I log in, land on the desktop and start Notes by double-clicking on the desktop icon.

Waiting, waiting, waiting... for some reason it doesn't want to start. I immediately check the running processes. All indicators point to a running (or at least starting) Notes environment using Eclipse. At least 10 minutes later I think to myself this is never going to happen and kill the process manually from the command line.

Let's start again with the hope it was an isolated error. I launch Notes again and again it fails to start. Ah well, one can only try. After about three rounds of that process I give up for a while and thought – hang on, I started Novell's client software to connect to the network drives, maybe that is the problem?

I quit the Novell Client and try to start Notes again. No luck.

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