PIM software (was: Back to the basics: improving user experience)

Marijn Kruisselbrink m.kruisselbrink at student.tue.nl
Fri Oct 17 14:53:10 CEST 2008

On Friday 17 October 2008 14:43:06 Mark Weinem wrote:
> Am Freitag 17 Oktober 2008 14:13:28 schrieb arne anka:
> > >> Did a quick google but couldnt figure out what it uses as storage.
> > >> Hopefully not a relational database - they have their uses and qtopia
> > >> has conclusively proven this is *NOT* it :)
> > >
> > > Yes, the do indeed use MySQL!
> >
> > well, if it is supposed to be a part of kde, the use case is clearly a
> > desktop computer.
> > i don't think it would fit a small thing like the neo.
> would be great if the KDE guys develop their system beyond the obsolete
> "Desktop"- my sister for example uses a mini netbook as her main desktop
> machine. Desktop systems should be equally usable and funcional  on small
> devices as on powerful machines.
And fortunately that is exaclty what some of us are working on. As part of 
this years google summer of code I've done some initial work on running kde 
on really small devices (openmoko neo1973 (too slow), freerunner (quite 
acceptable), and nokia n810 (similar to freerunner)). Of course speed and 
memory usage aren't the only problems, a much bigger problem is adapting the 
user interface to work well on small screens, but there is also some work 
going on in that area.
About akonadi, I don't think mysql is the only available storage backend, and 
the main reasons they chose it as the default after evaluation several 
options aren't really valid on small devices anyway (problems with concurrent 
access/transactions/... I think, which shouldn't happen as much on a small 
device as on a powerful computer).

Marijn Kruisselbrink

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