Cooking with Linux - Linux, Thunderbird and the BlackBerry—a Love Story

Keeping various devices in sync with our Linux systems can be the source of nightmares for many. After all, asking for an open-source solution that can keep millions of smartphones, cell phones, e-mail clients, contact databases and calendars on the same planet, never mind the same page, seems akin to asking for the moon—to which Chez Marcel would like to ask, “Would you

Marcel Gagné is an award-winning writer living in Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of the Moving to Linux series of books from Addison-Wesley. Marcel is also a pilot, a past Top-40 disc jockey, writes science fiction and fantasy, and folds a mean Origami T-Rex. He can be reached via e-mail at You can discover lots of other things (including great Wine links) from his Web sites at and



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Great article! Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience. I did everything you mention in this post and defined my desktop computer as Funambol server (I have a wireless home network with a desktop computer and a laptop both running sidux and a Blackberry Bold 9000). My desktop IP address is so I defined Funambol URL as in both server (using funambol-admin) and clients neither the laptop or Blackberry can reach the server (the message in the Blackberry is Network Error). Do I need to start an additional service (i.e. http server). Thank you very much in advance,

Luis Pablo Gasparotto

Partially solved

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I'm making some progress. I installed dhttpd web server and now I'm able to open in both Blackberry and laptop but I'm still unable to sync them with server using Thunderbird add-on nor Blackberry Funambol client. I think I'm close to solve it. Any help will be really appreciate.

Best regards,

Luis Pablo