When installing programs to my Palm device it turns out, I need to drag the file to the tiny gpilot applet on my deskbar. This isn't documented, but there you go, it can be done.
To those still using the archaic Palm OS, that’s the trick.
In synaptic install gnome_pilot and gnome_pilot-conduits
Add the palm applet to the taskbar
configure the apples using the right USB or COM port and drag the files to the apples before pressing the hotsync button on the cradle of the palm device.