For /e/ adoption, think about PIM application which can sync with self hosted groupware

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#1

Hi the community,

I think about one killer app which would induce /e/ adoption.
Yes, I think that apps are the first important point for a personnal organizer / smartphone adoption. If the device OS is good at user experience, it is not sufficient. I was a great user of Palm devices, and these were very good at user experience and applications supplied, and more-over the PIM (Personnal Information Management) based (calendar, tasks, contacts, notes, drawings/sketches essentially).

Many years of digging for a smartphone which could replace my old Palms (the last was a Zire with JPilot on my PC for sync/backup/restore), and never found one.

Today I’m using an Android device without google account, getting my apps through F-Droid (I’m a conviced evangelist of opensource culture for being owner of my datas, identity and ideas, sharing what I WANT TO SHARE, and not what profit organizations want me to share).
I have a nextcloud self hosted at home, and have installed davdroid, opentasks, nextcloud notes, and nextcloud files, next to google calendar (which is said to be opensource, but I’ve never checked that, a big risk for my privates datas ?)

This solution is usable but far from being ok ! What I miss here is an integrated (or modular) app which :

  • can manage my calendars (multiples), tasks (hierachical), contacts, notes, drawings (instant note with a sketch / draw), files

  • can natively sync with my nextcloud self hosted (with webdav protocol)

  • can import/export in vcard, vcalendar, plain text or csv/tsv

  • have a good widgets for integration on the home screen of my device for rapidly seing what are my today/week events and tasks

Regards.


#2

Hi @msu

I am using my nextcloud with the base apps from /e/ and they work fine.
Not flawless, but definitely fine.

You can connect with WebDAV.


#3

Hi @MarcusE1W,

thanks for your reply.
What are the base apps you currently use successfully for these tasks ?
Are all those features I pointed - calendars (multiples), tasks (hierachical), contacts, notes, drawings (instant note with a sketch / draw), files - are correctly managed, with correct widgets display (so everytime in sync with their apps, everytime displaying something) ?

Is webdav managed out of the box, or must a davdroid-like app be installed afterwards ?


#4

/e/ comes with a set of apps preinstalled. The usual suspects really (calendar, contact, files, tasks, notes, mail, etc). Not unlike Android or iOS.
Davdroid or something down that line is installed as well.

Oh, no drawings…
That’s what I called the base apps. As I understand it they are based on popular OSS Android apps…

I would say most of the scenarios you describe should be covered. However probably best to try for yourself. Generally I found the Nextcloud integration quite good.