We have previously seen a nice application called Nokuntu that allows owners of Nokia phones to manage their handset under Ubuntu. Today we will see another application having similar functions, but dedicated to owners of Blackberry-based smartphones. This application is called LinBerry which we will help install under Ubuntu 11.10/12.04.

Here are some of the functions currently available in LinBerry:

  • Manage Your Contacts
  • Install/Uninstall Applications
  • Backup/Restore Your Data (files, music, video, etc.)
  • Turn Your Device Into A Modem To Connect To The Internet
The developer is intending to include the follwing functions in next LinBerry' updates:

  • Software Updates (OS Upgrade)
  •  Wipe Out Your BlackBerry
  • Sync Your BlackBerry With Thunderbird Lightning/Evolution
  • More Language Support
Linberry is expected to work with all BlackBerry smartphones, but only these devices have been tested:

  • Blackberry Bold 9650
  • Blackberry Gemini 8520
  • Blackberry Curve 8310  
  • Blackberry Bold 9000
  • Blackberry Javelin 8900

LinBerry Installation

To install LinBerry on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 via PPA, open the terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/mobile

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install linberry

You can then start LinBerry from the Unity Dash:

For older Ubuntu distros, you can install LinBerry using  the provided .deb packages here.