Domino Server on Raspberry Pi

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
I have a Domino server which I've kept on the shelf for the past 10 years because it runs a legacy application that I use occasionally. It's been running just fine -- nonstop -- for more than a decade. It doesn't need much processing power nor does it need much disk space. I've thought about how I might preserve it and keep it running and I have considered using either a VM or a mini ATX server.

Last year, Hackaday, one of my favorite hacking sites, had an article on how to load a limited version of Linux on a Linksys Router. That got me thinking that it would be cool to have a Domino server inside of a Linux router sitting on my bookshelf.

That reminded me of a post by Daniel Nashed about running Domino an on Xbox.
Small computers have come a long way since then, so I've been thinking about what it would take to run a Domino server on a Raspberry Pi.

Why would I want to do that? 1) Because it just well may be possible, and 2) to allow a seldom used dedicated Domino server app to continue its life in a low power machine.

A quick Google search did not turn up anything but I'm sure someone much smarter than me has had this same idea.

It's possible to mount a USB hard drive on a Raspberry Pi and even SD cards have plenty of storage so that shouldn't be an issue.

I found this blog that documents how to install Lotus Domino 8.5 on Ubuntu which may be helpful (or not).

I'm not a Linux guy, but I did manage to set up Ubuntu once on an old ThinkPad. I'm not afraid of learning something new, though. No idea if I will build this but I might try, just to see what can be done. (If you have links to share, either on getting started with Linux or working with Domino on Linux, please share in the comments.)

So, I post this idea to the YellowVerse to see what conversation or links it may generate.

Discussion/Comments (7):

Andy D (): 10/04/2015 0:55:25
Domino Server on Raspberry Pi

Sadly I dont think you will get this to work without using a Hypervisor of sorts, and even that maybe too much of a stretch for the Raspberry PI. The main reason is the chipset, with the PI being an ARM based chipset rather than Intel and as far as I'm aware there is a version of the Domino Server compiled for ARM. You are better off looking an Intel NUC running Centos.. There are loads of articles on how to do this ..

Andy D (): 10/04/2015 0:56:43
Domino Server on Raspberry Pi

Oops downside of an iphone and autocorrect! There isn't a version of Domino for ARM

Fredrik Norling ( 10/04/2015 6:53:58
Domino Server on Raspberry Pi

Perhaps use a Intel pc on a stick instead then you could install a light weight windows or Linux on this one.

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Eric Mack ( 10/04/2015 9:34:09
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Thanks, Andy, I hadn't considered that. Probably makes sense then to look at a tiny Intel box instead.

sean cull ( 10/05/2015 0:23:39
Domino Server on Raspberry Pi

We used to run Domino servers of a USB stick years ago. I think it was version 7 but I think it might work up to version 8.5.x .

We copied the domino folders to the stick and because there didn't used to be Windows registry settings for Domino it just worked. The windows registry settings were introduced in later versions

We did the same for Notes using either the official NOMAD functionality ( which was cool ) and before that by using a frig from Ulrich Krause which was an executable that used to remap the notes.ini setting

oh, nostalgia, sending whole servers to remote sites on a usb drive :-)

Alex ( 11/05/2015 8:05:18
Domino Server on Raspberry Pi

Thanks Andi. This is what we need for a customer.

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