[kdepim-users] Kontact present and future and sync questions
rhayes at silcom.com
Fri Mar 5 20:49:46 GMT 2010
Apologies in advance for this lengthy post.
I'd like to use Kontact. I love the UI! The developers and designers have done
a terrific job!
Here's my current situation, followed by numbered questions.
I'm traveling periodically and have acquired a netbook. I am trying to decide
on a new contact manager / organizer package.
I work alone, and I'm the only person who uses both my desktop and netbook
I'd like to be able to have the latest and complete data sets available on
either computer after synchronization. On the desktop I have full time
broadband, but when traveling I may be several days without internet
connectivity. I'd like to be able to schedule appointments, respond to cached
emails, etc while offline. Then when I return home have all the new work
synchronized again in full.
Currently I using Kmail 3.x for email, and egroupware for scheduling and some
contacts, running on a local apache server on my desktop. egroupware has been
problematic, the email has never worked for me and upgrades have been difficult
and usually unsuccessful. This may be just as much a result of complications
with apt as anything else.
I use paper printouts when I travel .
I'm comfortable with mySQL, and have no problem with running a server on both
the desktop and netbook if that is required to get the best out of Kontact.
I've programmed database software professionally years ago. I've read as much
information as I can find on Akonadi and its associated layer software, but
still don't understand it all.
1) Will all the apps in Kontact eventually use Akonadi as their data
2) Will it be possible in the future to run Kontact apps with individual flat-
file data sources as in the past?
3) If everything will be in an Akonadi db in the future will synchronization
simply mean duplicating the db across machines?
4) (This may be the important question) Until Akonadi is implemented for all
contained apps, how can I sync both machines? Copy the /home/user folder and
5) After Akonadi is fully implemented for all apps how will synchronization be
handled? Will this process be programmed, or will it be necessary to handle it
directly through mySQL?
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