[maemo-users] Decent PIM for the N8x0

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Date: Wed Apr 30 05:53:39 EEST 2008
On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 04:39:31PM +0100, Graham Cobb wrote:
> On Tuesday 29 April 2008 15:18:01 hendrik at topoi.pooq.com wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:40:30PM -0400, Gary Baribault wrote:
> > > I kind of wish that someone would start up an oposing PIM .. Any takers?
> > > 450$ to play Mahjong or Blocks seems a little steep!
> I didn't start working on GPE because I thought it was a great project: I 
> started working on GPE because I had a need for a PIM on the Internet Tablet 
> and it seemed more sensible to start with an existing piece of software and 
> make improvements rather than create something from scratch.  
> It doesn't seem likely to me that starting an opposing PIM would help.  There 
> are few enough people to work on one -- what would be achieved by trying to 
> work on two?  All of people's pet peeves with GPE (bugs, UI, features) could 
> be fixed if there were one or two more developers with time to make a 
> contribution.
> > I've certainly considered it -- but first I want to put together a sync
> > mechanism that
> >   * doesn't care how many places you sync with,
> >   * doesn't care whether the places sync amongst each other.
> >   * provides syntactic guarantees about merged updates.
> > Such a sync mechanism I need for more things than an improved PIM.
> Sync mechanisms are also something that seems to become much more complex than 
> one expects when one starts.  I would encourage you to contribute to 
> improving OpenSync if possible, rather than start yet another project.  If 
> nothing else, there are people on the OpenSync list who have tackled many of 
> these problems and who may have useful advice.  It is another project where a 
> usable product is in sight but there are not enough developer-hours to get 
> there at the speed we would wish.

I have other applications for sync than just a PIM.  I'm aware how 
massively complex it is.  It's the kind of thing the distributed 
versions systems tackle.  I've seen how they have struggled with it in 
monotone.  Except for the syntactic guarantees, they do a pretty good 

Where, by the way, is the OpenSync list.  Is it mirrored on gmane?

-- hendrik

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