[kde-linux] KAddressBook & Google Contacts

Vojtěch Zeisek Vojtech.Zeisek at opensuse.org
Sun Jul 18 19:36:05 UTC 2010

thank You for comprehensive answer. :-) Well, in openSUSE 11.3 with KDE 4.4.4 
it works much more better, only synchronization of IM data remains 
problematic... I'm glad development is approaching, but answer "Just wait and 
hope" is not the type of answer I'd like to hear, but I understand why I do 
hear it. :-) We in openSUSE will probably skip KDE 4.5 (well, it will be 
available in community repositories, but...), so I'm glad I do not have to 
wait for next release of openSUSE in 8 months...
Thank You for Your time, Duncan.
Best regards,
Vojtěch Zeisek

Dne Ne 11. července 2010 03:28:39 Duncan napsal(a):
> Vojtěch Zeisek posted on Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:12:28 +0200 as excerpted:
> > I use Kontact as my PIM suite on openSUSE 11.2, KDE 4.3.5. It is really
> > great PIM suite, I like it very much. But I'm facing problems when
> > trying to add my Google Contacts as resource using Akonadi to
> > KAddressBook. Google Calendars as well as IMAP work great in KOrganizer
> > and KMail, respectively. I have package akonadi-googledata, which should
> > provide synchronization features for contacts, calendars and Google. I
> > just added akonadi_googledata_resource to contact Akonadi resource for
> > KAddressBook.
> > 
> > When I view contact added in Google, I hardly see more
> > than name (sometimes with wrong position of first and last name) and
> > e-mail or phone. Another entries (address, IM, ....) are missing. I'm
> > facing similar problem when adding new contact to KAddressBook Google
> > Contacts Akonadi resource - only few entries from whole contact are
> > really send to Google.
> > 
> > Synchronization of contacts with Google works
> > fine in Evolution as well as in Thunderbird/Sunbird. But KDE PIM is much
> > more better... :-(
> > 
> > Does anyone have same problem? What am I doing wrong?
> With the caveat that I don't use google for much beyond search (well, they
> own youtube, and contribute quite a lot to mozilla and thru GSoC, etc, but
> I'm talking the google net domain address), so don't know that much about
> the particulars of your case...
> It may be that you're simply using too old a version.  4.3.5 is after all
> over six months old, now, with 4.4.5 out and a second major update, 4.5.0,
> due next month, and kde4 continues to evolve at an incredibly rapid rate,
> particularly with the major 4.x series updates every six months, so you're
> a full major update and five monthly maintenance releases outdated, almost
> two major updates!
> That's in general.  Specific to kdepim, 4.3 was still using mostly legacy
> 3.x functionality, simply carried forward to 4.x and maintained.  The new
> kdepim akonadi functionality only really started to be used, with
> kaddressbook (which I use so know first hand) and IIRC kopete (which I
> don't, so only based on what I've read), with 4.4, and kmail isn't yet
> converted, with it scheduled to miss 4.5.0, but be in 4.5.1 in the
> September timeframe.
> So for something like the google akonadi resource you mention, I'm
> honestly surprised it works at all in 4.3, and not surprised at all that
> it's somewhat broken.  I expect if you upgraded to the current 4.4.5,
> you'd find the situation rather better, tho as I said, kmail won't be
> fully akonadi integrated until 4.5.1, and there will likely be various
> improvements and functionality tweaks thru the 4.5.x series.
> I'd expect full kdepim stability again probably sometime in the 4.6
> series, a bug-fix release or two after the 4.6.0 feature release.  Given
> the six-month 4.x feature release cycle and the monthly 4.x.y bug-fix
> release cycle, with 4.5.0 due next month and 4.6.0 due in Feburary, I'd
> expect/predict good kdepim stability around 4.6.2, so next April or so.
> But certainly the current 4.4.5 release can be expected to work far better
> with akonadi resources, including the google conversion resource you
> mention, than the over six months outdated 4.3.5 you're currently using.
> As I said, given the newness of the technology and the rate of change, I'm
> frankly surprised that it works to the degree you say it does, with a
> version that old.  Do try something current and I expect it'll be much
> improved, but I don't expect full kdepim/akonadi stability until around
> 4.6.2, April or so next year (with the distributions likely somewhat
> behind that, so likely not until the fall 2011 releases if not spring
> 2012, if you don't update to current kde but depend on what's shipped by
> your distribution, as they're generally a couple months outdated when they
> ship, so 8 months or more outdated by the time they ship another
> release).
Vojtěch Zeisek

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