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Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux & Fedora, Fourth Edition by Bill McCarty

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Pilot/Handspring Tool

Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes gnome-pilot, a tool that lets you synchronize your Palm or Handspring PDA (personal digital assistant) with your Linux system using your system’s serial or USB port and your PDA’s hot sync cradle. By default, Red Hat Linux is configured to enable you to back up your PDA to your Linux system or restore a backup from your Linux system to your PDA. You can also synchronize Evolution’s calendar, task list, and contact list with your PDA.

To set up your system to communicate with your PDA, choose Tools Pilot Settings from the Evolution menu. The Welcome panel appears, as shown in Figure 6-9.

The gnome-pilot Welcome panel

Figure 6-9. The gnome-pilot Welcome panel

Plug your PDA into its cradle and plug the cradle into your system’s serial or USB port, according to the type of cradle you’re using. Click Forward to continue. The Cradle Settings panel (Figure 6-10) appears. Specify the port to which the cradle is attached.

The Cradle Settings panel

Figure 6-10. The Cradle Settings panel

If you’ve synched your PDA using a Microsoft Windows host, you can use the information in Table 6-1 to determine the serial port. If you’re using a USB port, specify a port having the form /dev/ttyUSBn, where n is the number of the USB port.

Table 6-1. Linux and Windows serial port designations

Windows designation ...

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