[maemo-users] Nokia 770 Apps That Sync With Linux Apps

From: Ryan Pavlik abiryan at ryand.net
Date: Mon Aug 20 17:07:27 EEST 2007
Hal Vaughan wrote:
> I'm moving to my Nokia 770 from a Palm Tungsten C.  There's only one 
> issue I've found that is keeping me from dropping use of the Palm 
> completely: I need to sync some apps with the apps I use in KDE on 
> Linux.
> I've found info on GPE, but have not found enough to actually be able to 
> sync the data with any KDE PIM programs.  As best I can tell, it seems 
> GPE uses OpenSYNC, but I'm not sure.
> Does anyone sync their apps on their Nokia with any Linux (and 
> preferably KDE) apps?  Are you using GPE?  If not, what is recommended?
> I don't use a calendar or to-do list, but I would like to sync my 
> contacts and notes back and forth.  I'm looking into just using a Perl 
> program and scp to sync data.  I figure in some cases it'll be easy to 
> copy a file back and forth and change the format, but often full sync 
> features in programs take care of other issues, such as comparing what 
> has been added on both ends and making it easy to decide which one to 
> accept and, to be honest, that's just a pain to program.  If someone 
> else has done the work, I'd rather use that.
> Are three any guides to apps I can use that sync with KDE PIM apps?  
> (I've Googled and come up short.)  Are there recommendations for any 
> apps to use that have the sync tools built in?
> Thanks!
> Hal
I've used GPE, OpenSync, and Evolution, but I know there are K-app sync 
plugins for OpenSync and so I'd imagine with just a little 
experimentation my instructions would apply.  
http://cleardefinition.com/page/Sync_Evolution_and_GPE_on_N800/ is the 
link (don't be fooled by the name - It should work on a 770 just as 
well).  The step you'd need to change is in "*Set up 
MultiSync-Gui/OpenSync on Desktop"*, 4. "Add Member", "Evolution 2.x".  
 From what I see on the OpenSync web page, you'd select "kdepim" there.  
(This would sync calendar, todo, and contacts, I believe - make sure 
that you choose to compile the kdepim plugin if you build OpenSync 

For synchronizing notes, since those are just simple files (actually 
HTML files that import great into AbiWord on the desktop for converting 
to any format you like), you might try Unison - it's kind of a like a 
two-directional "rsync", if you've heard of that.  I've never gotten 
Unison to work for me, but I've only put about 3-5 minutes into trying 
:)  If you only want to transfer notes from 770 to desktop, following 
the steps to set up the SSH needed in my guide will get the tough stuff 
for rsync set up easily.  Then, just install rsync on both 770 and 
desktop, and install Grsync (or a comparable KDE app) and sync to your 
heart's content!  (I've done this - works well.  Your documents are in 
/home/user/MyDocs/.documents/ I believe.)

Good luck!  If you get these syncs to work out, let me know and I'll 
update my guide so that I don't leave out the KDE folks.


Ryan Pavlik
AbiWord Win32 Platform Maintainer, Art Lead: www.abisource.com
AbiWord Community Outreach Project: www.cleardefinition.com/oss/abi/blog/

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