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No Excuses--Sync Your Visor/Palm to Linux - page 2

Setting Up the Hardware

  • September 19, 2002
  • By Rob Reilly

The Visor USB connection was slightly more complicated. The visor and usbserial modules didn't show up in lsmod until I did a sync. Don't worry, we'll get to that in a minute.

Before I could do a sync, I needed a Visor application on the Laptop. I like JPilot because it's simple, easy to use and requires a minimum of fuss to get working. You should know that JPilot is really what could be called a personal application. The 0.99 version I was using, from the SuSE 7.3 CDs didn't have any import/export capabilities. You may want to use another package if you need that feature. None of the Visor/Linux applications like JPilot, at least that I've seen, handle importing and exporting to other applications or databases very well. My purpose was well served however by being able to back up the Visor data and look at it with a nice simple gui on my Linux laptop.

By far the easiest way to get JPilot on your machine is to load it from the distribution CDs. JPilot is also available on the web at It is typically a tarball file that can be extracted in the usual way and then installed using the tried-and-true ./configure, make, and make install method. Data, backups, etc. are located in the .jpilot directory under your home directory. Detailed instructions are found in the INSTALL file should you need them.

You might also have to download and install pilot-link. Take a look at the JPilot Web site under "requirements" to find out about pilot-link.

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