HOWTO: Apple’s MobileMe on Linux

If, like me, you are a subscriber to Apple’s MobileMe suite of web-apps, and also run linux on your computer, when you tried to access the service on your linux machine, you probably got a message.

Apparently, It is only possible to run MobileMe on either a PC or a Mac. MobileMe was marketed as a way to be able to view and edit your email, calendars, photos and files from any computer – this, however does not apply to computers running linux.

There is, of course a a very easy workaround: Install the User Agent Switcher add-on on firefox and select firefox on vista or firefox on mac as your user-agent. That does the trick just fine.

Another way to access MobileMe on a Linux box – something I just found out and made me want to write this post – is that when me.com is opened on Konqueror – KDE’s default browser, MobileMe doesn’t prevent the browser from letting the user log-in. Sure, Safari is based on KHTML – created by the Konqueror community, but it sure is great to see that they haven’t blocked at-least one linux browser.

What would be better, of course, is that they officially let linux users on firefox access the service they have paid for and in the mean time, mention konqueror as a possible way to access MobileMe on a linux OS.

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