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    Linux & Palm - happy together?

    Does anyone know if there is software to synchronize an Outlook-like calendar/task PIM program with a Palm device under Linux? Windoze is starting to really annoy, but I use a PDA so sw that talks to a Sony Clie is a requirement before I switch.
    Also, what about Internet connectivity under DSL - do ISP's generally support connection with a Linux machine? (I know, I have to ask my provider).
    Lastly, any good Quicken/Money equivalents in Linux land?
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    Re: Linux & Palm - happy together?

    Hello Mark,

    I've not personally used any PDA with linux desktops, but I have seen various packages available. Most, if not all GUI distributions will install a PDA syncing package with their default desktop environment. You shouldn't have much of a hassle with that.

    Not knowing the specifics of your DSL connection, your connection to the internet with a linux PC will range from the very easy, to various degrees of complexity. If you can't simply plug it in, then I'd suggest a modest purchase of a Cable / DSL router to handle the internet connection. The added benefit here, is a separate box will be handling your firewall, if you choose not to run one on the PC.

    Your final question about Quicken or Money replacements. There are a few out there, and I've started to experiment with kmymoney. It appears to be full functioning for a home and / or small business. I just haven't done too much with it myself (yet).

    Hope this helps you out.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Linux & Palm - happy together?

    Thanks Chris. I checked a little further and my DSL provides supports Windows and Macs. No mention made of LInux. Are you saying a route will supercede "normal" system requirements? Will it be transparent to the DSL what operating system is on the target PC?
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    Re: Linux & Palm - happy together?

    When the ISPs say they support Windows and Mac, they are the OSes they can help you setup / troubleshoot. Sure, they will tell you Linux will not work, but it really doesn't matter what OS you use.

    The typical cable / DSL routers (and some ISP supplied modem and router combos I'm told) will happily sit between the outside world, and your computer(s) without a problem. In my experience, DSL connections require a login to occur via a specific setup of software or network connection inside WindowsXP. The login is usually an username / password combo (not for email, but could be the same information). The bigger name routers I've setup (D-link and Linksys) have setup screens within their software to configure such information.

    I'd suggest starting with what is known as a LiveCD. <post:=578,758>post 578,758</post:> has various such CDs listed. I like to suggest the Ubuntu distributions.
    Christopher Baldrey

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