Apple forces bad user experience on Funambol

I installed Funambol on an iOS device to test it and all went well… until I tried to sync the pictures. I was greeted with the request to allow Funambol to access my location, request that I promptly denied. Why on the planet would Funambol want to know where I am? Smelling that Apple may…

Funambol for Android adds support for Eclipse

Finally Funambol team added support for Eclipse development platform. My notes can still be useful to some, though πŸ™‚ Checkout the project, run ant eclipse-project in the android-client folder and import the project in Eclipse… Detailed instruction inside READE.txt file… The announcement core: Discussion topic.

The New Funambol Phone Sniper Program

After revisiting the Funambol Code Sniper, I thought it was time to adjust also the Phone Sniper program. Funambol Phone Sniper is the easiest way to contribute to the community: participants help by testing the compatibility of their device with Funambol sync and push services. It’s very easy to participate: you need a phone included…

Eben Moglen’s Freedom in the Cloud Talk

I watched Eben’s speech but now I can quote it too thanks to the transcript done by the friends at Software Freedom Law Center. Talking about the problems of the cloud services, Eben hits Facebook hard with his rhetoric: The human race has susceptibility to harm but Mr. Zuckerberg has attained an unenviable record. He…

Three reasons to follow Mozilla Thunderbird development

Since Mozilla Messaging launched Thunderbird 3 I started using it to see if this new version is better than GNOME Evolution, the email/calendar application I used in the past 4 years. Evolution is a decent email and calendar client and I love the integration in GNOME, but it stopped evolving and its GUI has many…

Two Funambol community projects to monitor during holidays

There is an interesting movement around two Funambol community projects: the syncml clients for Thunderbird and for Palm WebOS. Mozilla Messaging is rapidly pushing Thunderbird 3 out of beta and Funambol’s community is ramping up interest in its addon. Carlo Codega, the main developer, started working on a port to Thunderbird 3 of the plugin.…

Thoughts on mobile cloud computing

Mobile cloud computing represents an opportunity for the free/libre open source software movement that is just as big and radical as cloud computing, maybe even moreso. This is part 1 of a post about it, part 2 will follow shortly. By the end of 2009, 4 billion people will use mobile phones. By 2013, that…

Locked devices, GPLv3 and the path to mobile freedom

In a recent discussion with friends I realized that tivoization is a sub-optimal world to describe the problem that the Free Software community has with freedom being controlled by those that control the hardware.Β  The word clearly targets one specific company, so the problem gets somewhat reduced in scope. The real issue is not limited…

Liberating the cloud one block at the time

The issue is how to bring the values of free software community to the cloud. According to reports from Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), Bradley Kuhn’s speech has addressed the issue.’  I hope he will include it in the next episodes of the Software Freedom Law Show, the interesting podcasts he runs with SFLC counsel…