1. Introduction

This document describes how to connect your PalmOS PDA to a computer running Linux, and synchronise the PDA data with local applications.


As always with information you read on the net, proceed with caution. Most of the information in this HOWTO has been tested with the devices to which I have access; an original Palm Pilot Pro and a new Palm m505. I have tried to indicate instances where I have not been able to test the information.

If you have access to Windows or a Mac, I would recommend backing up your PDA with the provided software before testing it under Linux. Otherwise, take a backup with the Linux software before attempting to synchronise.

1.2. New versions of this document

The latest "work in progress" version of this document can be found at http://www.redbug.uklinux.net/palm/index.html.

1.3. Major Changes

This document was originally called the Palm Howto. Major changes are detailed below.

Revision History
Revision 2.0.12002-03-03
Added info about various software that I hadn't even heard of before I got feedback from 2.0.0.
Revision 2.0.02002-01-06
Major rewrite to include USB connections and recent PalmOS devices
Revision 1.1.11999-02-28
Last version maintained by David Silber.

1.4. Copyright and Licensing

This document is copyright 2001 Sean Buckley and copyright 1997, 1998 & 1999 David H. Silber.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. The full text of the license can be found at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html

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