April 24, 2019

Palm and Linux: Making the Connection - page 6

Connecting with Pilot-Link

  • April 3, 2000
  • By Michael Hall

Like much of Linux, support for the Palm is a work in progress. Every package mentioned in this article gets the job done, but there's room for improvement, which occurs on a daily basis. If a program isn't offering what you'd hoped, keep an eye on its homepage and write the author. The chances are good that things will get better. If you take the time to make thoughtful suggestions and thorough bug reports, they'll get better yet.

You should also take care to make a good backup of your Palm's information, either on another computer or using the pilot-xfer program I detailed above. Though I've never lost data from any of the programs in this article, I have had to put up with duplicated records and similar annoyances that can easily be solved with a quick restore from a good backup.

Keep in mind that once you've decided which program best suits your needs, you should stick to it. The KDE and GNOME packages both rely on daemons that need exclusive access to your Palm: if both are running, neither will work. While you can turn off each of the daemons to use its counterpart, that's not very convenient.

Even though they're having a hard time meeting demand, a new company on the Palm scene, Handspring, is also finding support under Linux. The wrinkle in Handspring support is the fact that the Visor, Handspring's name for their PalmOS-based PDA, ships with a USB-connected cradle. USB support is still relatively new to Linux. You can get more information on making a Handspring work with USB under Linux at the Linux Visor Homepage, located at http://usbvisor.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/index.pl.

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