Make Funambol work on QTopia, get paid and get a free phone

Why wait until summer to code and earn $3,000? Funambol has just announced the availability of a $3,000 bounty to develop a plugin to allow Funambol to run on Qtopia devices. Trolltech, the makers of Qtopia, was just acquired this week by Nokia and as a result, Qtopia will become more commonly used. Trolltech and…

Nokia goes for Trolltech

Now, this is surprising: Nokia acquired Trolltech, makers of toolkit QT, GTK’s competitor. What surprises me is that Nokia is using GTK on its tablet products (the 770, N800 and N810). So now Nokia has a stake in many platforms: its own flavour of Symbian for its cell phones, GTK/Gnome on the internet tablets and…

Whitfield Diffie, genio della crittografia a chiave pubblica, a Roma

Flavia mi segnala un evento importante: giovedì 31 gennaio a Roma presso il Dipartimento di Informatica dell’Università  La Sapienza parlerà  Whitfield Diffie, “padre” della crittografia a chiave pubblica insieme a Martin Hellman e Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems.’  Sarà ’  per un incontro con quanti nella comunità  accademica – e non solo – s’interessano al…

A fresh start with my new job at Funambol

I haven’t been updating the blog too much in the past week and the reason is that I have a new job as community manager at Funambol. The company develops the free/libre software Funambol application server (formerly known as Sync4j). The server allows mobile backup and PIM synchronization to contacts, calendars, tasks, notes and other…

Fun: Oh lord (hacker version)

Some months ago, during a boring train trip, I plaid iwth famous Janis Joplin’s song Oh lord (Mercedes Benz). Here is the outcome, I hope you like it: Oh lord, would you teach me to hack gcc my friends all can do it, I should know that too please send Mike to my home to…

links for 2008-01-14

SimCity goes open source under GPLv3 | The Open Road – The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay – CNET Blogs Ore e ore di intrattenimento, su Amiga a colori e audio stereo (quando il PC si avviava con uno schermo nero ed emetteva solo fastidiosi beep, a meno di comprare pezzi…

links for 2008-01-10

Mitch Kapor bails from the Chandler project | The Open Road – The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay – CNET Blogs FLOSS success is not less difficult than any other business venture. (tags: kapor free+software+business floss community) Is there a shortage of good open source CEOs? [UPDATE] | The Open Road…

Egregio Sig. Ministro Nicolais, dove sono i €10 milioni?

Ricercando trasparenza Roberto Galoppini e Flavia Marzano hanno coordinato un nutrito gruppo di cittadini interessati al Software Libero per inviare una lettera aperta al Ministro Nicolais e alla sottosegretaria Magnolfi chiedendo trasparenza (come suggeriva anche Stefano Canepa). […]le chiederemmo di farci sapere come siano stati spesi i primi 10 milioni di euro previsti per il…

links for 2008-01-09

Adobe’s PDF File Format Receives ISO Blessing | Compiler from Wired.com Adobe’s PDF format is no longer Adobe’s. Eenvenuto ISO32000. (tags: open+standard pdf iso adobe) Reversing Everything: kindle Non sapevo che Kindle usasse Linux. Questo è un’ulteriore conferma che nei dispositivi embedded qualunque sistema operativo proprietario non ha praticamente senso (come dice Fuggetta). (tags: linux…