How To Install SyncEvolution On Jolla’s Sailfish OS

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, SyncEvolution is an app that enables the users to sync the contacts and calendar from their Jolla phone with SyncML and CalVAV/CardDAV servers. The developers have created a GUI specially optimized for Sailfish OS.

Despite this, the app is still work in progress, so it does not work flawless and some features may be missing. The latest version available is SyncEvolution 1.3.99.7, which has been recently released.

In this article I will show you how to install SyncEvolution 1.3.99.7 on Jolla’s Sailfish OS.

There are two installation methods, one from the GUI and one from the command line interface. I prefer the terminal method, because I find it easier to keep the applications up to date, with the needed repos added to my system. And because I am a CLI Linux maniac. : )

Installation method 1: From the GUI.

Since SyncEvolution is available via OpenRepos.net, you can easily download the app and install it directly from the file manager, via double-click.

Download SyncEvolution

Installation method 2: In the geek way, via zypper.

Since Sailfish OS is pure openSUSE, you have to switch to developer mode, install zypper, add the repository and key, update the system and install SyncEvolution app. Like this:

# pkcon install zypper
# zypper ar -f http://sailfish.openrepos.net/ovekaaven/personal-main.repo
# rpm --import http://sailfish.openrepos.net/openrepos.key
# zypper refresh
# zypper install syncevolution

To uninstall syncevolution, you have to install zypper (if you haven’t installed it already) and uninstall the app via zypper :

# pkcon install zypper
# zypper remove syncevolution

Installation method 3: In the geek way, via pkcon and ssu.

From the developer mode, execute the following command in your terminal, one by one:

# ssu addrepo ovekaaven http://sailfish.openrepos.net/ovekaaven/personal/main
# ssu updaterepos
# pkcon refresh
# pkcon install syncevolution

To uninstall SyncEvolution via pkcon, do the following:

# pkcon remove syncevolution

For those who don’t know yet, Jolla is a project developed by former Nokia employees. The first Jolla smartphone is running on Sailfish OS, a modified Megoo Linux system, which is Android compatible, uses Wayland as the default display server , uses Nokia N9′s Maliit touchscreen keyboard and comes with interchangeable covers, allowing the users to easily switch them, in order to change the color/model of the phone and comes with impressive hardware specifications.

While apps with native Sailfish OS support can be installed via the Jolla Store and OpenRepos.net, Android apps can be installed via the same Jolla Store, or via F-Droid, Yandex Store, Amazon App Store, Aptoide and 1Mobile Android Market.

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