A long time back when I started using Horde primarily for emails I noticed they support a feature called "SyncML", an open synchronization standard.
Now I just picked up on that again, as I wanted to synchronize my N900 with the contacts, calender and tasks.
I installed SyncEvolution on my N900. I wasted quite a lots of time how I configure the synchronization, but I think it is fairly easy:
- "Add a new service" from the menubar
- Set the service name to "Horde", leave the template at "Funambol".
- When the new service "Horde" is listed, click on it.
- "Edit service" from the menubar
- Set the "Sync URL" to your Horde URL + "rpc.php". The URL needs to end in "/".
- Web URL is the Horde URL.
- Username and password is your normal Horde login.
- Contacts database is "contacts", Calendar database in "calendar", Tasks database is "tasks" and Notes database is "notes".
Thats it. It is very important that you set the entries "* syncronization" to "Slow Sync", as this transfers all the your data for the first time. If you leave it at "Normal Sync" you get nasty errors - this is just a diff sync. You can certainly set a database to "Disabled" if you dont want it synchronized or there are other options as well.
The first sync takes a while dependent on the amount of records. When this succeeds you need to set the "*syncronization" to "Normal Sync" and test the whole bit, ie. do changes locally, sync, check in Horde and vice versa.
It works great, I am happy with it. There is just one wrinkle with syncing the contacts database. Horde cannot handle different email addresses on one contact - I think you can guess what will happen the first time? Yeah, contacts do get duplicated. Thats why I dont sync contacts.
One last thing, you might ask yourself how does this "Automatically sync" work, do I need to leave the application running or what? You dont have to. I have not figured out how this is working, ie. how it is started when SyncEvolution is not running, but I can confirm, *it is *ran automatically when it is not open.
And all of this with Open Source and Open Standards and for free. Wonderful new world.