I already had Notes 8.5 beta 1 installed on Ubuntu 8.04 and wanted to upgrade to beta 2. As this is at beta stage there is apparently no upgrade from beta 1 to beta 2 so the first thing I did was backup my Notes data directory which was in /home/myname/lotus/notes/data.
Secondly I used Synaptic to remove “ibm-lotus-notes”.
Once this was successfully completed I closed Synaptic, opened a terminal window, and ran the following commands in this particular order...
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_notes-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_activities-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_cae-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_sametime-8.5.i586.deb
sudo dpkg -i ibm_lotus_symphony-8.5.i586.deb
I was then able to start Notes from the Applications menu - There was a license agreement to accept – otherwise straight in.
It is fast – really fast.
Thanks to Ray for the pointers.