I spent more than a week trying to understand how to synchronize my PDA (Windows Mobile 6.0) with Suse 11.1 and no result.
So far I learned what is PalmOS and what is not (I’ve been trying J-pilot and Gnome Pilot)
I’ve tried with USB-cable and Bluetooth.
What I have so far:
SynCE (installed via YaST, with some other components)
Blueman just in case.
Was by default in my SUSE 11.1
working bluetooth (Gnome Aplet + OBEX)
Multisync (it does see the SynCE, doesn’t see the Evolution)
So how to synchronize is one case, but first of all I need to know: how connect my PDA that SUSE will see a device for synchronization? I’ve tried Bluetooth and I can only get a paired OBEX PDA. I can send files. that’s all.
I would like to ask You for help. How to do it, step by step. We can start from scratch.
During debug we can use text-terminal mode. But after is finished I would like to have a GUI terminal.
I can promise, that if we manage to set-it up. I can describe it as a WIKI for other. Step-by-step.
I’ve tried and also not succeeded, and come to the conclusion that it’s just not possible. So if anyone’s figured it out I’d like to know too (haven’t even succeeded in using ActiveSync through Virtualbox).
In the end, I settled for Funambol to sync via the Web which works quite well (I’m syncing with Outlook running in Virtualbox). Remember the Milk is something else I’ve tried since switching to KDE4 because of the RTM plasmoid, but that’s broken…
Had a look at your link. “No special problems” is a bit of an understatement:
The biggest problem I encountered was configuring multisync properly. You see, you can only sync those items that are in identically-named categories. In other words, if you want to sync contacts that are in the “business” category on your phone with Evolution, you’ve got to have a category called “business” in Evolution.
[Edit: I have since discovered another annoyance: it appears that you can only sync one category of stuff at a time. In other words, if I want to sync all my contacts I have to go into options tell it to sync everything in my “personal” category, sync, and then go back into options and tell it to sync everything in my “business” category, etc.]
I’m not saying that it couldn’t be easier. It definitely could. As a general matter, PalmOS devices seem to be supported better in Ubuntu than Windows Mobile devices.
And, of course, whatever success he’s achieved was with Evolution in Gnome, which leaves the question of what to do in a KDE environment…
Sure does, I use it on my machine at work (for email, and only for research purposes - the original motivation was its Exchange compatibility but Thunderbird can do the same). But I just can’t stand it, at least not in IMAP, it’s slower than treacle, you can’t reorder the folders, etc etc. I might put up with all that if I could sync all my PDA data with its calendar but I can’t. So it’s Thunderbird for me as far as email is concerned (a Ferrari compared to Evolution’s Lada), and I just don’t use any apps for calendar, tasks, and contacts on my OSS desktop because I can’t sync them with my PDA…
I’d love to know how this works too. I tried a few times and eventually gave up after wasting many many hours. One thing you need to make sure of is that the SUSE firewall is not blocking the connection. I found that simply disabling it from yast and trying agin would not work. I had to disable it and then reboot, only then would my PDA connect with SUSE. I still couldn’t get it to sync though.
You haven’t read my earlier messages. I’m no longer “trapped in”, I use Funambol to sync with Outlook running in Virtualbox. Once the KDE4 Remember the Milk plasmoid is working again, I’ll probably be able to ditch Outlook Calendar altogether with a combination of RTM and Google Calendar.
I certainly don’t boot Vista any more to sync my PDA…
I wish it were that simple. I don’t know of any device that syncs properly with KDE’s PIM suite, Evolution or Thunderbird / Lightning, I’m talking about syncing e-mails, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes. If one exists then please let me know as I’m just beginning to look for a new device.
I don’t want to sync through the cloud so any solution that involves using google calendar or funambol as a conduit is not suitable.
I’m hoping the Nokia N900 with Maemo is going to provide a solution as that is as close to a Linux desktop on a phone that you can get at the moment.
I think this has been a big weakness with Linux in general not being able to provide an efficient and reliable way of syncing PDA’s / smartphones with it the 3 main PIMs in use.
> I’m talking about syncing e-mails, calendar, contacts, tasks and
> notes. If one exists then please let me know as I’m just beginning
> to look for a new device.
understand your point but add:
when i talk to the the President on the TV, he doesn’t answer me; i
can’t get my refrigerator to dry my clothes properly; my car can’t
carry as much sand as my truck; and every time i try to unscrew a bolt
with a hammer it goes all sour…
but, the day i can do all of those things i will expect to find a
Micro$oft powered PDA which will (out of the box) sync email,
calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with the Sony-Apple Playstation
running Linux embedded in my China made limo…