Cross Platform PIM on a Stick

Available for memory sticks on Windows or Linux, the new release KDE-PIM/Platform independent lets you carry around your favourite KDE applications and your personal data in the palm of your hand. This device independent software can import your data directly from Outlook and sync it with KDE-PIM running on other computers.

Based on the great work of the KDE-PIM developers, KDE-PIM/Pi is available for Windows, Linux and the Zaurus PDA and includes platform independent versions of KAddressbook and KOrganizer (Screenshots).

KOrganizer/Pi (KO/Pi) is based on the embedded version 1.08 beta of KOrganizer from Cornelius Schumacher. Lutz Rogowski has added many features to suite the needs of other platforms and mobile devices. KAddressbook/Pi (KA/Pi) is a port of KAddressbook to the Zaurus and has been started by Ulf Schenk. KDE-PIM/Pi replaces the KDE libraries with a Qt-only wrapper library called "micro KDE". A precompiled "all-in-one" memory stick edition for Windows and Linux and other packages can be downloaded from the SourceForge project page. More info is available at the project homepage.


Now I *have* to take a look at microKDE. I was hacking some wrapper classes to code PyQt/PyKDE apps (apps that use KDE only if available). But if this has enough coverage (and is sufficiently KDE-like), it is reduced to a wrapping job and coding to the MicroKDE API.

By Roberto Alsina at Thu, 2005/04/21 - 5:00am

I've been waiting for this for so long. Now those of us stuck in Windows can use non-lock-in, cross-platform calendar and addressbook programs.

Being able to move away from Outlook (OL) is fantastic.


By Zsu at Thu, 2005/04/21 - 5:00am

What I always find fascinating as a native German speaker about
American English is the use of abbreviations. English is already
much shorter than any other European language. Nevertheless
the abundance of seemingly unnecessary abbreviations is, well,
bloody amazing ;-)
Sometimes I'm reading a TIME article - say about medicine or science -
and there is a strange new technical abbreviation. No explanation
whatsoever is given. 4 pages later on the term is used written
out (no abbreviation this time). Good training for your memory.
If find sth. like this quite often. I've decided that the average
American reader must probably be used to this.
But your example is much cooler. Just create an abbreviation
out of the blue without ever using it again. Just great (JG)!

By Martin at Thu, 2005/04/21 - 5:00am

By Debian user at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

Seems to be rather outdated.

By Anonymous at Thu, 2005/04/21 - 5:00am

Thank you! Great stuff.

By Michael Jahn at Thu, 2005/04/21 - 5:00am

Where's the feature plan for KDE 4 ?

By Hayer at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

By Mark Hannessen at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

It's too far away to already tell them, there will be KDE 3.5 and maybe even a KDE 3.6 in parallel to its development.

By Anonymous at Sun, 2005/04/24 - 5:00am

This would be really sweet for an iSync plugin for OS X.. If I can get a 3G PDAphone at some point that runs Linux and Qt, that would be tits...

By Anonymous at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

So, would it be feasible to extend micro-KDE to produce a set of qt wrappers
to the kdelibs (even if limited) so that people could run a "lite" version of
KDE ? Would this run in windows ? I am not sure if there is a minimal gpl-qt
that runs in windows/mac

This would be a boost to qt development. Some people prefer gtk because they
can release their software in windows. I know, I fully understand TT's policy.
But I still think the question is relevant ...

By MandrakeUser at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

with these strange experiences? After several years close to the KDE project, I have noticed a pattern that repeats ever and ever again:

a) I have a problem that could be solved by a KDE/Qt application
b) I think about it a lot
c) I accept that I have no time to implement it
d) I forget about it

and then, usually 4 months later:

e) someone publishes exactly that kind of application

And of course, it is a lot better than the one I imagined!

Well, to summarize: thanks a lot for this tool!

By Matthias Hölzer... at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

I've been kind of scared when I bought my ipaq. And yes, the reboots came (every day at least once) and of cource, no syncing. I've seen a friend sync with evolution, but I've not seen anyone sync using kde. Ive looked at kitchensync, but the last version dates from november last year. I know, I should do it myself instead of moaning, but...

Anyway, I check everytime i see an artical like this, but unfortunately....
Should have bought that palm, and take the car with navigation. Now I cannot go to opie without losing tomtom.

By Daniel Lintjens at Fri, 2005/04/22 - 5:00am

I've installed Linux on my iPaq, and it is stable and nice... Opie is a great environment, and PyQt makes it really easy to create apps.

But there just aren't that many apps, and none are really mature like DateBK5 or even ShadowPlan on the Palm. It's pretty, nifty, and I use my Palm instead.

Ah, well...

By Evan "JabberWok... at Sun, 2005/04/24 - 5:00am

please send me an e-mail, i would like to know more....

By mirjam at Tue, 2005/05/31 - 5:00am

If that thingie really works (will try it next week, on Windows), that is a really cool gem.

And as such, it would be very much deserving a really cool name too. "KDE-PIM/PI" just sucks. "pimpi" or "Pimpy" may be better, but not too much so.

But why don't we just (with the consent of the KDE-PIM/PI developers, of course), run a new contest with the help of kde-apps/kde-look webmasters? "Find a cool name for a cool app!"...

To make your braincells heat up, I'll leak some of my own submissions here: they would start with "Power Runt" and "Mity Might" and "Mighty Mite".

By Kurt Pfeifle at Sat, 2005/04/23 - 5:00am

would be quite a cool, mindshare grabbing name ...

By egghat at Mon, 2005/04/25 - 5:00am

A lightweight crossplatform Koffice, with oasis files, could be even more of a success.

By Geert at Wed, 2005/04/27 - 5:00am