At this point in my life, I can probably say, I have been doing "computers" over 1/2 my life (over 25 years), and it always amuses me when people tell me I need to learn about how a computer works. Usually people who don't know how reality works.
I'm not a shill for any company or technology. I've seen way too many products come and go to be emotionally tied to a piece of hardware or software. AND if you go through my posts, you'll find where I tell people that Microsoft is a dying "Windows" company, not a technology company. HOWEVER, ActiveSync is the one "cross platform" API that Microsoft has that just "works". That being said, I would drop ActiveSync in a heartbeat if there was something better. No, Linux doesn't have anything better. It has a bunch of tools we can approximate the functionality of Exchange, but nothing that replaces ActiveSync.
Thanks for making me laugh though, I appreciate it.