Maybe I’m in the minority, but I like “fat client” programs. All other things being equal, I’d rather get my e-mail in Thunderbird, download and RSS feeds in a reader, and edit documents in LibreOffice. Google is quite good about letting these types of programs access their services, and while instructions to do so are plentiful for Windows- and Mac-based programs, it takes a little more to find them for Linux. This guide will show you how to hook up the programs on your Ubuntu desktop to the variety of Google web apps, for the nice, Linux-y experience we’re all looking for.
The “big four” of personal data – schedules, tasks, contacts, and e-mail – are hosted in Google Calendar (for the former two) and GMail (for the latter two). Access to these is fairly open, and easy to tap with default or installable applications from the Ubuntu Software Centre:
In a stock Ubuntu install (starting with Precise), there is no standard calendar component installed (I assume that they assume that you’ll be using a web-based calendar), but you do get Thunderbird. Add to Thunderbird the Lightning extension or, if you like a separate calendar application, install Sunbird. Then add to that the Google Provider, enter your Google credentials, and you’ll be able to add, edit, delete appointments on your Google calendar.
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