Need for application like PC Suite from Nokia?

Alexander Mueller XelaRellum at
Tue Feb 24 17:04:07 CET 2009

Well, I have worked with several X applications on Windows as well as on 
the Mac and I hated it. You can see its not a native application because 
the user interface doesnt match the native one.

And about a desktop application. To me such a thing isnt jusr a remote 
frontend for the phone, but rather the place where the data as synced 
and backed up. As with the palm. You sync your stuff and all your apps 
and all your data is on the PC. Plug in a new palm device, sync again 
and your new device is ready to go. I expect the same for every device.

Especially with the Openmoko this is true after reflashing the device.

Sync is one of the really weak spots of Android and the iPhone (only 
syncing pim data, syncing only with Google Mail or iTunes).


Helge Hafting schrieb:
> Alexander Mueller wrote:
>> Uah, having to run an xserver just for an app being able to run on 
>> windows sounds just terrible to me. There are so many cross platform GUI 
>> frameworks out there, so why not chose one of these?
> Just think of the xserver as a "windows compatibility layer"  Macs and 
> linux PCs already have the xserver. An xserver is not such a big piece 
> of software to run on windows either. It certainly isn't a big piece of 
> linux - or it wouldn't fit on a phone too small to run windows.
> I think the ideal way is to run the settings/config/sms apps on the 
> phone itself. That way, you can do stuff on the phone (config, send sms, 
> etc.) even without a pc.
> The pc becomes mostly a convenience thing - run the same apps but on a 
> much bigger screen with a real keyboard and mouse. Cut & paste between
> phone apps and pc apps. I.e. paste and URL into a sms and vice-versa.
> A few things, such a data synchronization with a pc app may need some
> software to run on the pc. But that sort of thing should be kept to a 
> minimum. When stuff runs on the phone, there will be only one place
> to update software. So when MMS gets implemented on the phone, you 
> immediately have that capability from the PC too. No waiting for the 
> "pc-phone app" to catch up!
> This is what the X protocol is all about - run the software on the 
> machine that makes sense (i.e. the one that actually have gsm hw) and 
> display it on the machine that has the best display (the pc).
> It already works very well - using cable or using wifi.
> Want to see the phone filesystem from the pc? The phone can already 
> pretend to be a usb disk. Or you can run samba on it.
> Helge Hafting
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