First code project for FreedomBox: the ‘bump’ challenge

Exchanging public keys and signing them is still a complicated matter for normal users. As part of the development of FreedomBox we are thinking of a simple way to establish trust and enable two people talk to each other through secure cryptographic means. One possible scenario is the following: User Jane meets her friend Ken,…

Putting Firefox Mobile on Apple’s iOS

Apple doesn’t allow another browser Firefox  (apparently there are other browsers) on its iOS devices, so Firefox Mobile cannot run natively on iPhone/iPod/iPad. Enter Mozilla Home, the hack used by Mozilla Foundation to allow Mozilla desktop users to bring their data on their favorite mobile device. The mockup of the upcoming version are awesome: http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087…

Develop For Privacy Challenge

We live in a world of smartphones and other mobile devices that provide amazing services. But these same devices can also collect and share vast amounts of data that can paint a detailed picture about where we go, who we know, what we do and even what we think. Protecting this critical information is more…

GPLv3 and mobile app stores

The (supposed) incompatibility of GPL, especially GPLv3 and mobile app stores is still here and growing bigger: The rules for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace appear to mean that even Microsoft’s own MS-RL open source license is banned. And perhaps Nokia should worry too. via Microsoft Bans Its Own License (updated twice) – Simon Says….

Apple and software freedom clashing again

Another app has to be removed from the Apple iTunes mobile App Store. This time, after GNU Go, it’s the iOS port of the popular free VLC Player because the terms of the GNU General Public License are incompatible with those of Apple’s store. Difficult situation and I still think that the best way out…

The carriers are ruining Android

Techcrunch author MG Siegler picked the wrong fight accusing Android of ‘not being open’. His rant rant is all about how the fact that Android is open source allows the carriers like Verizon and T-mobile to fill it up with crapware and basically crippling the user experience. The nuts of his argument though are in…

There is nothing wrong in being a pipe

The more I think about the net neutrality debate the less I like what I learn. What is really puzzling for me is that carriers are complaining about having a privileged position and that is just unacceptable. It seems to me that network operators like AT&T, Comcast and Telecom Italia operate in an oligopolistic market,…

Is Dilbert taking side on Net Neutrality debate?

Probably this is just me, but today’s Dilbert cartoon reminds me of the debate about net neutrality and the Google/Verizon proposal. By implying that the mobile web is slow, is Dilbert reminding us that wireless is really different from our home/office wired web?

Buy unlocked Android phones

When you buy an Android phone you’re not necessarily buying a phone with an free/open source operating system. Most of Android operating system is licensed in a way that allows manufacturers to lock down the device and make it physically impossible to install new and better software. Bradley Kuhn wrote an interesting article after Motorola…

Beyond removing GNU software from mobile stores

Last week the Free Software Foundation asked Apple to either remove the game GNU Go from the iTunes App Store or change the terms of service on it. Apple chose to simply remove GNU Go from the store and the move was not a surprise, as FSF Compliance Engineer said in the blog post.  I…