Strawman: remove vendor-specific configuration tools from default install

Felipe Figueiredo philsf79 at
Sun Mar 8 14:19:34 UTC 2009

On Thursday 05 March 2009 18:15:39 Daniel T Chen wrote:
> 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?

The Palm sync legacy tools (gpilot and kpilot, and standalone apps like 
jpilot) not only do a PIM sync, but also do a full backup of apps and data,
and can be used to install files to the Palm device, similarly to the
Palm Desktop application. These features were not supported by the
opensync palm plugin last time I checked, and it's a serious feature
loss that Palm users are usually used to depend on (as seen from, 
wikipedian protester: citation needed, ymmv).

But I agree that the general 'one lib to rule them all' approach from
opensync is the best thing in the long run. It's just not there yet. And
apparently the development is slow, considering 0.22 is still the stable
release as recommended by the opensync site.


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