The cost of monopoly in the cloud

Reading of the latest cyber attacks against South Korea and USA digital systems, I remembered a rather old post from Gen Kanai @Mozilla, the cost of a monoculture. It’s about monopoly, government decisions and security in the cloud. [South Korea] is also a unique monoculture where 99.9% of all the computer users are on Microsoft…

Back from Online Communities Unconference 2009

Back from a super-duper day in Mountain View where a crowd of community experts met to discuss about communities, online and not. These are the main takeaways for me: Communities are about participation and Free/Libre software projects should make participation easy. This may require a few steps, like preparing a formal governance process (like Twiki…

Back from school, Funambol community grows

I haven’t been writing too much here because I was spending whatever leftover energy from my real job on myMBA project work. With that put to bed, it’s time to celebrate the end of two long years studying topics that I fell in love with. I feel so good, I’d start over (just kidding). I…

Don’t call it Scrum

Gianugo Rabellino has given me more food for thoughts about my research on Free/Libre Open Source software development and Agile/Scrum methods. His latest post contains a sentence that summarizes my key finding so far: At the end of the day, this means that the customer is there – it just happens to coincide with the…

Funambol engineers apply iPhone ergonomics to cars

Check this out: Funambol’s R&D department just released a prototype user interface for driving cars. According to my colleagues that drove it in Redwood City, it’s so easy to use, even a caveman can drive it. The vehicle smashes driving age limit with “snap” finger-powered steering; integrates cruise control with Google Latitude to automatically get…

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…