[maemo-users] Decent PIM for the N8x0

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Date: Sat May 3 22:25:00 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.

Fopr the sake of argument, let's suppose I'm convinced.  Now comes the 
question of what I can do to join the project in orger to develop the 
todo list.

I regularly use two machines -- a 32-bit Debian Lenny, and a 64-but 
Debian etch.  No, make that three machines -- I have an n800 
with OS2007.  I haven't upgraded to 2008 for two reasons: (1) 
inertia and (2) I've heard a lot of complaints about 2008.

Presumably I have to install development software that's 
specific to Debian and to the n800, as well as relevant versioning 
system(s).  What do I need? How do I get started with it?  Do I need to 
convince anyone that my ideas (such as nonautomatic task ordering) are 

-- hendrik

> > 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.
> Graham
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