I remember writing an article about 2 months ago, on Open Source’s revenue flow and the actual source of the payments that Open Source gets. I stated that the question of Where does Open Source get its Payment from? is one that could have multiple answers. This question of whether Open Source has it all to be Number 1 also has a similar confusion. It should seem like Open Source does have it all, but there are several instances wherein Open Source has lost out to the Big private players like Oracle, IBM, SAP, etc. who easily trade their products in the market for big bucks too. So if you were to ask me what Open Source really lacks, I would say that it falls short in advertising, marketing and selling its products.
I know, it is too early to be thinking of the CES 2012, especially when the CES 2011 has just recently come to an end and we still haven’t delved deep into the nitty-gritties of the event’s outcome. However, it does not stop us from thinking and talking about the expectations from the next CES event. There were so many innovative products and services that were discussed, introduced and anticipated in this year’s event, but there has never been the prominent presence of Open Source Software. This is exactly what the hope shall be for next year’s event – A prominent presence of Open Source Software at CES 2012.
Let us take a look at 5 anticipated Open Source projects to be spoken about in the coming up event.
1. Ubuntu to take centre stage
Though Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux distribution has made its presence felt during CES events, the coverage that it deserves has still not been given to it. There was just this one time when a series of ARM-powered laptops debuted by Chinese firm Nufront in one of the CES events. Ubuntu’s successful growth rate with its innovative feature-list and the fact that it is absolutely free makes it, and understandably so, a thing of the future and hence deserves a centre stage at a CES event. It is also essential that we see Ubuntu in 2 kinds at the event – One as a stand-alone operating system on laptops, notebooks and tablets and Two routinely as a dual-boot option.
There can never exist an industry in this world that can survive from making mistakes. And an industry that needs to be very meticulous in fabricating every product, service or solution can also not escape the ugly part of making blunders – I am talking quite obviously of the technology industry. There can be errors made by any and every person in this planet and technologists also cannot get away with a clean chit. Take the beginning of this very financial year for example; there was the counterfeiting of the Apple prototype iPhone. Also, reported during the same month was the blunder made by McCafe. Though it is a cliche statement it is worth mentioning here that ‘to err is human’ but should we be kind enough so as to ‘forgive the blunderers and be divine’.
Image from Funambol
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!
Ever since the WWDC keynote, there has been a lot of fuss about Funambol, for it being free and open source.
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:
- Funambol provides industry solutions for several types of organizations, including — service providers, OEMs, ISVs, and ODMs and enterprises.
- Push email for the mass market.
- Mobile backup and PIM synchronization.
- Mobile Device Management Framework.
- Mobilizing Data & Applications via an Open Source Platform.
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.
I would highly recommend trying Funambol, even if you’re in love with mobileme. Do post your feedbacks with this free service.
I thought Flash Bashing, these days, are done only by the Internet’s semi-literates! Coming from a respectable person like James Gosling, the creator of Java is rather uncalled for. Nonetheless, it is understandable since his works somewhat relates him to JavaFX (supposedly, a competitor to the client side apps of the Flash Platform). He has all the rights to be on the defensive (rather abusive) perspective towards their extremely successful competitor – Flash.