Sync Pocket PC to Linux desktop

i’ve been looking for something like this for over a year now…

Linux offers many alternatives to Windows based softwares. From internet browsers to word processors, almost every area of Windows computing seems to have a Linux counterpart (or maybe it’s the other way around). Anyway, some time last december, i set out looking for a software like Microsoft’s ActiveSync – which is used to connect and synchronize a Pocket PC with a Windows desktop – that could run in a pure Linux environment. Well i must have seen The SynCE Project, since it appears that there are no other projects attempting to develop this particular type of software. But for some reason, i never bookmarked it and forgot all about it.

As a result, i have still not been able to connect my Pocket PCs to a Linux machine directly, and rely instead on a Windows desktop as an intermediary. I guess i thought SynCE was relatively new at the time, but there’s another version out now, SynCE 0.9.1 – which is supposed to include “almost a year’s worth of improvements”. I wanted to try it out but i could only find RPMs for the older version (0.9.0), and i don’t feel like installing from source, so i might just wait a little bit longer. Either way, i’m not going to lose this site again.

SynCE (and related tools/plugins) offer the following capabilities:

  • copy files
  • list directory contents
  • create directories
  • move (rename) files
  • remove files
  • remove an empty directory
  • run a program
  • display status about remote device
  • install a .cab file

Additionally, there are scripts and add-ons that can do stuff like:

  • backup files from a Pocket PC to a Linux desktop
  • convert PocketWord (.pwi/.psw) documents into OpenOffice (.sxw), html, and plain text
  • synchronize PIM data between GNOME-based systems like Evolution and a Pocket PC
  • synchronize KDE PIM data, integrating with Konqueror, drag and drop functionality and more

Comments 5

  1. Paul wrote:

    SynCE is a great idea, but hardly anyone who tries it is successful at actually syncing, check out the mailisg lists and IRC.

    More reliable (and IMO better) options for syncing PPC/linux are free funambol server based options, e.g. schedule world.

    Posted 15 Feb 2008 at 5:05 am
  2. admin wrote:

    thanks Paul,

    i’m gonna look into that when i get a chance.

    Posted 15 Feb 2008 at 4:15 pm
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