The news today is somewhat different, and might be quite surprising. The requirement for IBM Workplace software deployment has been removed -- and what IBM will ship is a stand-alone Lotus Notes on Linux client. No Workplace server required for provisioning, no separate deployment of the Workplace managed client required. It's Lotus Notes, running on Linux. Initially, support for RHEL 4. SUSE Linux Desktop will follow. There are features that won't work -- smarticons, color printing, a couple of others -- but for the vast majority of use cases, Notes for Linux is now a viable alternative.
All those wannabe non-MS shops just got a real pick-me-up to go along with their $5 coffee from Starbucks. It is now possible to envision an office desktop with the need for any MS software. I wonder if this will be the impetus I need to start writing my agents in Java instead of LotusScript.