[maemo-users] Status of SyncEvolution and PIM applications

From: Larry Battraw lbattraw at gmail.com
Date: Sun Jul 8 16:15:18 EEST 2007
On 7/8/07, Lars Persson Fink <lars_p_fink at yahoo.se> wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to replace my Palm which I heavily depend on and I am thinking of
> buying a N800 (I am also a long time Linux user). Currently I
> synchronize my Palm, mobile phone and my Evolution with ScheduleWorld
> using SyncML.
> I have been trying to find a summary of the status of different PIM
> solutions for the N800 but have not found any.
> What I would like to know is:
> 1. What are the different PIM solutions available?
> 2. What synchronization possibilities are available for them? What is
> their respective status?
> 3. Is there a N800 "simulation"-environment (VMWare for instance) where
> I could test it out OR can I install the N800-environment on my
> Ubuntu-laptop to test them?

 As Sebi pointed out, you can use the GPE suite of applications
(calendar, todo, etc.) to take care of most things.  There has been
recent development of a new application called Erminig
(http://maemo.org/downloads/product/erminig/) which allows
bi-drectional sync as opposed to a "subscription" to the ICAL URL
Google Calendar offers that's built into GPE calendar (which seems
broken at the moment).  Erminig is awesome, because it offers
bi-directional sync and uses the official Google APIs so you don't
have to worry so much about Google something and suddenly breaking
your syncing.  I've found Erminig works best with a blank GPE calendar
to start with.  To use it, just install the GPE applications you need,
then run Erminig and enter your Google login info to allow it access
to the account.  It will verify this is correct and then give you a
button to "Update" which will do the actual sync process.  Works well
in my experience, and props to the author David Hautbois for writing
such a critical application.  Having no way to sync to a local
application is horrible.  And best of all, all the parts to the
process are free and Google Calendar does a good job of importing
other applications' input files.  Just a small warning that currently
Erminig does not work through proxies currently, though.

   There are a couple other PIM applications available but they're
kind of basic or limited and need some work to make them completely
useable for day-to-day use.  There's Winzig and one the Opened-hand
(http://o-hand.com/) suite of applications, but they all seem to
either lack a sync method or it's very technical to set up.  I like
Winzip (http://www.muth.org/Robert/Winzig/) simply because it reminds
me of the Palm Pilot experience with all the different applications in
tabs and it's straightforward and very useable manner.  --Just no
method to sync I could find.  That's one application I'm very tempted
to hack on, just so it can sync since it's so simple and
clearly-written.  I might get some free time on my hands and see if I
can add sync support since it's written in Python as are the APIs for
Google Calendar that are available.

Good luck!

> Best regards,
> Lars Persson Fink
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