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Old 10-28-2004, 09:08 AM   #1
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Connecting mobile phone to the PC


Hi All,

I have just created my account and this is my first post, so may I take the opportunity to say hello and greet you all from Spain, where at this very moment the weather is rainy and awful (strange).

I have a Nokia 3100 phone and have bought an aftermarket (i.e. not Nokia) USB cable to put some neat pictures in (the goatse pic springs to mind, oh well). As the Nokia suite won't work with it, I've tried a couple of programs for Windows: Oxygen Phone Manager II, otherwise known as OPM2, and MobiMB, both trial versions. OPM2 trial works only phone to PC, so you can use it to transfer your phonebook to the PC but it's useless as for putting pics inside the phone. MobiMB works nice, but for one month only.

Anything going on on the free software front? Nothing would make me happier than hearing the news that there is something being developed, as would be happy to join and help development. Unfortunately, I'm too new to Linux systems' arquitecture to start a project myself.

The other thing is, is there a specific way to look for free software, like a list or something? I seem to remember that GNU keeps such a list but I don't think it was very comprehensive (don't know what I'm talking about really, last time I surf to their site was quite some years ago). Maybe some searching at Sourceforge? (This question is just in case I'm missing an obvious way for doing such searches, now I mostly put a description in a Google box, together with "gpl" and hope for the best ). I guess that all mature software ends up being include in all major distributions, but this software I'm looking for now would be very new I guess.

Many thanks.

Cheers,

Alex
 
Old 10-28-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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I've never looked at connecting my phone to my PC, but I can help with the searching.
Not all free software is GPLed! The MIT license is quite popular, BSD moreso. There are numerous others like the LGPL.

These guys have a good list of the licenses (mostly because for a license to be really open source 'approved', they have to do it) http://www.opensource.org/

Check out freshmeat.net they've got a heck of a lot of open source projects from all over listed, but still the best is google. Instead of gpl, just type in "open source" (with the quotes in this case) next to your search criteria and you'll find that you get a lot more searches.

And welcome to lq
 
Old 10-29-2004, 01:44 AM   #3
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Many thanks for your searching tips and your welcome, teval. I guess I should start including strings like "open source" and "free as in beer" in my searches

As for the mobile, I'm doing the healthy exercise of slowly refining my search by reading related stuff. Yesterday I read something about "obex", apparently a protocol which may be relevant to what I'm looking for (originally for infrared though, and I doubt that the Nokia 3100 uses this for cable link file transfer but who knows). Searching for "obex" stuff is giving some results. Anything useful I find I'll be reporting here in case anyone is interested..

Cheers,

Alex

Last edited by Alez; 10-29-2004 at 02:07 AM.
 
Old 10-29-2004, 02:54 AM   #4
Alez
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In case it's interesting to anyone, searching for "obex" at either Freshmeat or Sourceforge seems to yield some results (I still need to check wether this protocol is relevant to me at all ).

The search that is probably leading to something interesting is I searched for "nokia 3100". Nothing relevant at Sourceforge but at Freashmeat found something called Gammu which looks like it, see here:
http://www.mwiacek.com/gsm/soft/gammu.html
BTW this suite supports a variety of devices and cables, it's not Nokia specific.

Cheers,

Alex

Last edited by Alez; 10-29-2004 at 02:58 AM.
 
Old 10-29-2004, 10:11 AM   #5
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I have been using a program from

http://www.gnokii.org/

to get my 8250 and laptop talking. Not sre if it is what you are looking for,

mark
 
Old 11-02-2004, 07:50 AM   #6
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Thanks Mark. I have now installed Gammu and it works beautifully. I think it's actually based on Gnokii code, or at least it uses code from the Gnokii project for certain functions. I'll have a look.

Cheers,

Alex
 
  


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