links for 2009-03-31

Settled, But Not Over Yet – Software Freedom Law Center The huge cash-stuffed MS bullied TomTom to settlement, but according to SFLC "The FAT filesystem patents on which Microsoft sued are now and have always been invalid patents in our professional opinion." I can't wait until somebody erases the smile off of Ballmer's face. (tags:…

Cramming unnecessary features is not innovative

I’ve been waiting for many years for a cheap all-in-one desktop computer, something like an iMac that would look good in a home office without carrying the Apple-tax of an operating system I don’t like and the premium price of the Mac cult. That’s why I’m speechless looking at the Asus Eee Top: touchscreen and…

L’onorevole Carlucci non mi preoccupa

Mi è piaciuto molto il trasporto e la passione di Riccardo Luna, caporedattore di Wired Italia, presentando il progetto Amo Internet. È un luogo che riassume le idee e le posizioni di un gruppo di persone, professionisti, appassionati, cittadini che ritengono che Internet e l’innovazione in generale facciano parte del futuro dell’Italia. Con l’aria’  che…

SCRUM and volunteer developers

[caption id="attachment_838" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="SCRUM development process"][/caption] Funambol engineering team uses the SCRUM methodology to develop software. It’s a very interesting method that seems highly compatible with free/libre open source software development habits. It mandates fast release cycles (like the release early/release often mantra), teams that can self-organize. SCRUM also mandates fixed time (2 to…

Will Nokia become FLOSS best friend?

Google’s power is making more people concerned that their motto ‘do no evil’ is not reassuring enough. Fabrizio Capobianco’s blog post summarizes the concerns of the Winston Smith Project. Google is scary because it controls the access point to the internet for 90% of users and because it’s expanding its reach to the mobile network.…

New Maemo UI and new Funambol Code Sniper

Nokia has shown the new UI framework for the next Maemo SDK, codename Freemantle. They finally are getting rid of the stylus keyboard and a lot of very cool new features. Ars published an overview and more up to date details. I’m a fan of the N8xx devices but I’m still waiting for devices with…

It’s (a)live: new Funambol Forge layout

After a lot of effort to develop a new and improved home page, we can finally say: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPmVhyHBRAM&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0] Thanks to Alessandra for the new graphic layout and Davide for some crucial css workaround, the home page of the Funambol Forge is now more informative and rich. Directly from the home page you can see…