Darren Duke September 1 2008 03:35:00 PMSince Lotus Notes 8.0.2 (and Lotus Domino) went gold last week, I have been busily testing and retesting the performance increases in start time and a reduced memory foot print. To say IBM Lotus have done a phenomenal job is an understatement. It is nothing short of amazing what the folks at IBM have managed to achieve.
Below is a attached HTML table of comparative values for 8.0.0, 8.0.1 and 8.0.2. Over the next few weeks I will try to add more "configurations". For example a slightly lower spec'd laptop and a reasonable desktop running an older Athlon XP 1600+ with 1GB RAM (some of our sales people actually run on this now, and it is very, very usable) together with the Lotus Notes 8.0.x client only install.
Other things I did notice:
- the extraction of 8.0.1 and 8.0.2 seems to take way longer than 8.0.0 did. This may have to do with the added functionality, but whatever the reason if you are installing more than a handful you probably want to extract the files first to a file share or DVD. This will also keep a ton of temporary files out of the TEMP folder on the target computers.
- it looks like the provisioning takes place during the install of 8.0.2 and NOT the first time the client starts. This could attribute the extended install time we have seen for 8.0.2 comparable to previous 8.0.x releases.
- notes2w.exe seems to stay in RAM a good 5-8 seconds after Notes is closed. Make sure that all processess have exited before trying a restart otherwise you will get the big, scary eclipse JVM error box (well, more the size of a screen!).
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