Strawman: remove vendor-specific configuration tools from default install

Darren Albers dalbers at
Thu Mar 5 21:39:51 UTC 2009

On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Daniel T Chen <seven.steps at> wrote:
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> On Thu, 5 Mar 2009, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
>> could sync with Ubuntu.  Wouldn't the appropriate way to address this be to
>> have a PDA-syncing application that could work with their Nokia, Apple,
>> Google, RIM, and yes, Palm, devices?  Having a Palm-only syncing application
>> included by default still leaves the majority of PDA & smartphone users stuck
>> trying to find a way to make their device work.
> Okay, I'll take up your strawman. Supposing there is an equivalently
> featureful, unbranded sync app, then your proposal makes sense.
> Have you checked whether opensync has incorporated the support?
>> HP printers can be configured just fine with the included printer configuration
>> tool, though I admit the included one cannot show ink levels.  Why not just
>> add that to the default one?  If Brother put out a tool like this for their
>> printers, would we include both, just HP's, or neither?
> Resource constraints prevent many projects from going forward. Are you
> volunteering to port the functionality?
>> How many vendor-specific apps will we acquire (and delegate CD space to) before
>> we realize it makes sense to just have one that handles all devices of that
>> type?
> Regressions are bad. I should know.
> - -Dan
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OpenSynch is more of a library without any GUI (Though there are some
GUI's they are pretty rough IIRC).

I agree that removing the Palm Synch tool makes sense since what is
generally synched is Email, Contacts and Calendar.   All of which is
handled via the Evolution OpenSync plugin.   Maybe replace the Palm
tool with the Evolution OpenSynch tool (Assuming it is stable)?

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