LibreOffice gives OpenOffice a run for its Money

OpenOffice and its curiously similarly named counterpart LibreOffice are officially neck-in-neck. Despite Oracle’s backing of OpenOffice, LibreOffice is still kicking, and recently received over $68,000 in funding — in just eight days.

The fundraising effort from LibreOffice maker Ubuntu was short, sweet, and everything they need for now. Their over 2,000 donors raised enough money to serve as capital for setting up the Document Foundation, a goal to become a legal entity in Germany.

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Funambol – An Open Source alternative to MobileMe

Funambol Mobile 2.0 Messaging Powered by Open Source

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FunambolMobile 2.0 Messaging Powered by Open Source.

If you’re lucky enough to have grabbed an iPhone 3G, MobileMe would certainly be one of the apps you’d be considering to dirty your hands with, if at all you need the sync-everything-everywhere service. Though you can use it with an iPod, Mac or PC, but having an hands on with it over an iPhone would be sheer fun! For the Indians, the day for iPhone 3G launch is not far!

But for the individuals who would not like to shell out $99 per year for MobileMe, we would advocate trying out a free & open source alternative to MobileMe — Funambol.

Ever since the WWDC keynote, there has been a lot of fuss about Funambol, for it being free and open source.

Funambol App sync

Funambol is a free & open-source mobile sync software for email, contacts and calendars. It is known to work with Exchange, POP, IMAP and Domino email servers. Funambol hosts its own synchronization servers on myFunambol, which supports MS Outlook, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. One of the greatest feature is that Funambol is based on the SyncML (OMA DS) standard for data synchronization which is built into many mobile phones. This enables Funambol to support over 1.5 billion devices. All for free!

It even works on the jail-broken models of iPhone. Funambol’s jailbroken iPhone app has already been downloaded more than a million times!

Let us see what does Funambol feature:

  1. Funambol provides industry solutions for several types of organizations, including — service providers, OEMs, ISVs, and ODMs and enterprises.
  2. Push email for the mass market.
  3. Mobile backup and PIM synchronization.
  4. Mobile Device Management Framework.
  5. Mobilizing Data & Applications via an Open Source Platform.

Funambol on the iPhone

One of the key outcomes of this product being open-source is that there is a lot of avenue for other developers from building varied services on the underlying synchronization engine. Keep an eye on the future developments.

Funambol has a huge community of users, so support shall never be an issue. However, if you wish to have dedicated support from the Funambol team, you may purchase support from them.

I would highly recommend trying Funambol, even if you’re in love with mobileme. Do post your feedbacks with this free service.

The Open Source Revolution – all you need to know!

Enjoy Free Beer

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Free BeerWe love free beer as much as we love free softwares.

Most of us admire free beer and free softwares? The former might not be true for all, but I’m sure you all would agree to the software thing! Has it not been true, more than 60% of the internet users would have not been hitting the websites offering cracks and serials (and they would have not mushroomed to an such an extent. Thanks to Google’s Adsense!)

But what if you are a proud owner of a software — be it an application software, a system software or a game that’s free, and may even be registered to you? This was the idea which created the first impression about Free and Open Source Softwares (FOSS) into the minds of the developers around the world who were busy working great, but under the slavery of softwares which were of closed source and high acquisition cost.

FOSS has risen to great prominence. Briefly, Open Source Softwares and Free Softwares are programs whose licenses give users the freedom to run the program for an indefinite time period, to study and modify the program, and to redistribute copies of either the original or modified program (without having to pay royalties to previous developers).

Open source is inevitable as it gives control to the customer. Bugs are more quickly discovered and fixed. And when a customer doesn’t like how a vendor is serving him, he can choose another without overhauling his infrastructure. No more monopolies. No more
technology lock-in.

What exactly happens with the closed source softwares?

In the proprietary closed source model, the entire development cycle evolves within a single company. Programmers write code, hide it behind binaries and charge the customers to use the software. Thereafter, they add fee for the after-sales support — to fix the software if and when it breaks. No one ever gets to know how bad the software really is!

Taking about Open source, we talk about a large, Internet-connected, worldwide community which backs up the entire project. It involves geeks, students, working-from-home engineers and entrepreneurs, tech savvy moms, and anyone you can think of!

To have an idea of how has the fan following for FOSS increased, look at the graph below. Apache’s Tomcat leads the way. Yes, it’s yet another FOSS!

WebServer Usage Graph

Why Open Source?

This is what RedHat has to say on this;
All software is written with source code. With open source software, the code is protected by a special license that ensures everyone has access to that code. That means no one company can fully own it. Freedom means choice. Choice means power.
The entrepreneurs may still rely on paid products and services but the geeks, students and dare-to-do computer professionals are definitely eying on FOSS. It is like a revolution in the field of computing that people have started to believe in sharing information rather than conserving it or hiding it from the world. This concept has led to a movement — to attain new heights and achieve new goals, which were previously overshadowed due to the reign of closed source softwares.

Talking about the developers and would-be-developers, the platform and support for tools and framework is a key concern guiding them to decide an Operating System. Now-a-days, A new web server infrastructure — LAMP is the cynosure of all eyes.

The acronym LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQl, PHP/Perl/Python) refers to a solution stack of software, usually FOSS, which is used to run dynamic websites or servers. The well-defined tools of LAMP web development exist in nearly every Linux distribution. They include:

  • Linux operating system
  • Apache web server
  • MySQL database application
  • PHP scripting language
  • Perl programming language
  • Python programming language

Download Free book: The Photoshop Anthology

The Photoshop Anthology: 101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & TechniquesSitepoint is giving away an entire 278 page Photoshop book for free (pdf). It will only be up for grabs for 30 days. The entire 278 page book, yours to keep, forever! The Photoshop Anthology: 101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & Techniques is the ultimate Photoshop compendium for web designers.

It’s brimming with tried and tested real-world Photoshop solutions that will add impact to your next web design project. If you’ve ever been stuck for inspiration, have puzzled over just how to create a shiny aqua-style button, or wanted to create that seamlessly tiling background image you saw on a site recently, you need download this book.
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PicLens

PicLens is a free download that transforms your browser into a full-screen 3D experience for online images and videos. With their recent update, they’ve included metadata such as image title labels of Flickr photo captions, while you surf through the images.

They’ve also integrated a new UI, which further streamlines navigation with a more obvious Jump to Page button and an improved full-screen mode. You can get a true full-screen zoom for both images and video (YouTube) alike.

PicLens is available for Firefox 2.0 and above, Internet Explorer on Windows Vista, XP, and Mac OSX. Download your free copy of PicLens.

RegExr: Free Online RegEx Testing Tool

Grant Skinner have released a Utility Tool — RegExr, built with Flex 3, and uses ActionScript 3’s built in RegExp engine.

RegExr is an online tool for editing and testing Regular Expressions (RegExp / RegEx). It provides a simple interface to enter RegEx expressions, and visualize matches in real-time editable source text. It also provides a handy RegExp snippet sidebar with descriptions and usage examples to make it easier to learn Regular Expressions through trial and error.
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Lorem Ipsum WordPress Theme

Last Sunday, I had nothing else better to do than to stay back home and cleanse some WordPress installations – upload files, optimize some database tables, check broken links and write some re-direct code for 404 pages on my blog. While I was on to three to four new WordPress installations, I felt that I needed a Theme replacement for the Default WordPress Theme. I was feeling tired of it and the new K2 Theme is overly complex for what I was looking. Despite a serious hunt, I was unable to find one that caters to my likings; so, I decided to do one myself after seeing few other themes that I somehow like but needed some more simplicity and whites.
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