As a final tour de force I decided to add a calendar application to my virtual low memory/ubuntu/fluxbox/icewm machine. My first thought was orage but while it installed it didn't play nicely, so I went for something rather more heavyweight. korganizer. Coupled with my orage synchronisation script from January (plus a couple of edits to get rid of the xfce/orage specific references) it worked just fine.
This begs another question - if I can get kpilot to work can I get it to sync with my old palm pilot? - I forsee fun ahead when I build up the real box