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Ubuntu Hacks by Bill Childers, Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer

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Hack #22. Sync Your Palm PDA

Your Palm OS handheld can join in on the Ubuntu fun. Learn how to install applications on your Palm or Treo, keep it in sync with Evolution, and back it up.

Getting a Palm OS PDA to synchronize with Linux has usually involved some amount of effort, and some pain installing and configuring the necessary software. The folks working on Ubuntu have made it easy, however. Ubuntu includes all the software necessary to synchronize your Palm with Evolution and do almost everything you've done under Windows.

Configuring Palm Synchronization

Since the Ubuntu and Evolution developers included the gnome-pilot package in Ubuntu, there's no software that needs to be installed. Everything you need is on your system; it just needs to be configured to sync with your Palm.

To begin the configuration process, start Evolution, click on the Edit menu, and select Synchronization Options. The gnome-pilot splash screen will appear (see Figure 2-25). Click on Forward to proceed.

The gnome-pilot startup dialog

Figure 2-25. The gnome-pilot startup dialog

Next, gnome-pilot displays the Cradle Settings dialog, shown in Figure 2-26. Put values corresponding to your Palm and your system in this dialog box. For instance, USB-equipped Palms will probably sync using port /dev/ttyUSB0 and a speed of 115200, and they will require the USB radio button to be selected. Older, serial Palms will probably need the port set to

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