During a discussion with a customer today it turned out that not all users of Lotus Notes 8 know that after installing the Lotus Notes Standard (eclipse) client they also have the Lotus Notes Basic client installed as well.
Although there is no icon automatically generated for the basic client you only need to start the "nlnotes.exe" from the Notes program directory to get the Lotus Notes basic client running.
So you can roll out the standard client on all your workstations even if they do not currently meet the hardware requirements (e.g. not enough RAM etc.). On these workstations you can work with the basic client in the meantime and switch to the standard client later without the need to re-install.