How to: tether your Linux notebook to your BlackBerry

Ever wanted to tether your Linux notebook to your BlackBerry? Me neither, but I have wanted to tether my MacBook to my BlackBerry, and considering the difficulties getting that done, I can sympathize with an even more marginalized demographic.

Interested Linux users will need to download Barry, an open source application that not only allows you to tether your BlackBerry to your Linux notebook, but also provides synchronization, backup and restore and program management options. Here’s a full list of Barry’s services:

    * charge your Blackberry’s battery from your USB port
    * retrieve Address Book, Email, Calendar, Service Book, Memos, Tasks, PIN Messages, Saved Email, and Folders
    * export Address Book contacts in text or LDAP LDIF format
    * make full data backups and restores of your device using a GUI
    * synchronize contacts and calendar items using the OpenSync framework
    * use the Blackberry as a modem

To download Barry and find instructions on how to get started, click the link below.

Barry - BlackBerry synchronization for Linux

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5 Responses to “How to: tether your Linux notebook to your BlackBerry”


  1. 1 donnie

    Pretty informative article. I wonder if it’ll work for the cheap little netbooks that are all the rage now?

  2. 2 Chris

    Thank goodness for the open source world! Let’s hope Barry likes Ubuntu…

  3. 3 calsync

    Blackberry can be used quite easily with Thunderbird. See http://blackberrythunderbird.blogspot.com or http://thunderbirdblackberry.blogspot.com.

  4. 4 Ron

    Is there a list of Blackberry devices which Barry supports? There are so many phones to choose from, and the two providers we’re looking at are Verizon and T-Mobile. I think Verizon has the Curve 8830 and 8130, while T-Mobile has the 8900 or 8320. Anyway, before making the big purchase, it would be nice to know if the phones could be synced using my Linux desktop or laptop.

    My wife and I will just keep our old Verizon phones if the Blackberry phones won’t run well with Linux. Thanks for any information you can offer.

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