Funambol v6 is General Availability
Funambol v6 reached the General Availability (GA) stable state. The new release includes numerous enhancements, including a new Java ME push email client, out-of-the-box SQL database support for PIM data, over-the-air data compression, PIM server initiated synchronization, a revamped logging mechanism, improved Windows Mobile, Outlook and iPod plugins. For more details, please check the Release Note (http://download.forge.objectweb.org/sync4j/Funambol_v6_Release_Notes.pdf).
Downloads at Funambol Download Page (http://www.funambol.com/opensource/downloads.html).
General Availability release of Funambol v3.0
The Funambol Team is very pleased to announce the General Availability release of Funambol v3.0.
You can download the v3.0 GA bundle and individual components here:
...and see what's changed (from Sync4j v2.3 to Funambol v3.0) here:
This GA release for Funambol v3.0 marks a significant milestone for Funambol and for the Funambol open source community. Community members have made considerable contributions to this GA release and it shows in the high quality of the software.
With the help of the community, Funambol is also striving to increase the reach of software so that it is interoperable with as many applications and services as possible (in response to community demand, the MS Exchange and Lotus Domino Connectors were re-released and are now available).
Since the preview release of v3.0 earlier this year, the number of Funambol downloads has doubled to over 600,000. Funambol is putting mobile open source on the map and challenging proprietary mobile email vendors.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support.
Enjoy the software!
Funambol Community Manager
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Funambol Community Code Sniper Program launch
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Funambol Community Code Sniper Program.
The main goal of the program is to broaden interoperability of the Funambol mobile application server to connect with as many useful, widely-requested applications and services as possible (based on feedback from community members). This feedback was generated primarily from a series of surveys that were presented to the community over the past few months.
Also based on this feedback, Funambol is responding by refocusing its efforts to better address community demands (e.g. the MS Exchange and Lotus Domino Connectors were the most widely requested Connectors in the survey and, therefore, will be made available with the GA release of Funambol v3.0 in the coming weeks).
Another goal of the Code Sniper Program is to make sure contributors to these community-requested projects are widely recognized and well rewarded (with bounties of up to $2000). The Funambol Community is full of talented developers and these people should have a chance to shine.
Code Sniper Highlights:
Participating community members will follow a 5-stage process which
includes: 1-selecting a project, 2-submitting a general one-page proposal, 3-submitting a more detailed product specification, 4-delivering the code, 5-submitting to community testing. See here for all program details:
This is an exciting time for the Funambol Open Source Community. I'm sure everyone is eager to see what the community can produce for this program. Let the Code Sniping begin!
The Honest Public License
Just wanted to let everyone know that Funambol's CEO, Fabrizio Capobianco, has a posting on his blog that you all should read (posted Monday morning, August 14, Pacific Daylight Time).
In it, he discusses a proposed modification of GPL v2 to address the "ASP loophole", effectively creating the first draft of the Honest Public License (HPL). Funambol will leave this draft open for community comments and feedback for the next 30 days.
As members of the Funambol Open Source Community, you all can have a voice to influence this change. We want to hear from you and hope you will take some time to give your feedback on this important issue.
Here's a link to the blog posting:
Funambol v3.0 beta 5 is out
The Funambol Project Team is pleased to announce that v3.0 beta 5 has been released.
You can download beta 5 here:
...and see what's new in beta 5 here:
One of the first things you'll notice when you go to download is that the download page has been redesigned. This new page is a significant improvement over the old one for the following reasons:
+ better organized with better navigation and more intuitive page design
+ functionality of server bundles is now highlighted and easier to find
+ back revs of all components are easier to find
+ easier to associate components with each release (and, therefore, to understand compatibilities)
We hope you like and benefit from the new design and welcome your feedback (feel free to send any comments directly to me).
Something else that I think is important to mention regarding the v3.0 beta
5 release - there were a record number of bugs fixed in this release. So, not only is quality continuing to improve, but it's improving at an impressive pace.
I have no doubt this was made possible by the community's active participation in the Bag-a-Bug Program. The BaB Program is ongoing and you should check out the current leaders / contributors at your convenience - http://www.funambol.com/opensource/bag-a-bugprogram.html (http://www.funambol.com/opensource/bag-a-bugprogram.html)
Every day brings us closer to the v3.0 stable release. Enjoy beta 5!
Jason M. Finkelstein
new Funambol developers mailing list
In response to several requests from community members, Funambol has decided to create a mailing list dedicated to developers only. We are hoping this new list will help sustain the healthy growth of the community.
This new mailing list is for community members who are developing platform extensions and/or applications based on the Funambol code base. It is meant for discussion of issues with technical depth from architecture to development to testing. This list should NOT be used to address installation problems, configuration issues, or user questions.
By splitting the lists, we hope to focus discussions so that community members will get the answers they need more quickly. At the same time, we hope that veteran community members will continue to monitor the user mailing lists to lend help with basic issues when needed.
The new list name is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can subscribe here:
Thanks for your continued support. If you have any comments, feel free to email me directly.
Funambol v3.0 beta 4 is out
The Funambol Project Team is pleased to announce that v3.0 beta 4 has been released.
You can download beta 4 here:
...and see what's new in beta 4 here:
Included in this release:
+ Funambol Server bundle for Windows
+ Funambol Server bundle for Linux
+ Windows Mobile Client Plug-in
+ Outlook Client Plug-in
+ iPod Client Plug-in
+ Java GUI Client Plug-in
+ Email Connector
+ Client API for C++
+ Client API for J2SE
+ Admin Tool
+ DS Server
Our approach to systematically improve quality is paying off. The community has been exceptional in this regard finding and posting on the tracker over 50 valid bugs in the past 3 months! This is quite an accomplishment and something for everyone to be proud of. Thank you all for your diligence.
p.s. - We continue to collect community input on feature preferences for
v3.5 of the software which is in its planning stages now. If you have not yet done so, please take this short survey to voice your preferences:
Community Input on Funambol v3.5
Funambol is eager to get the entire community more involved in influencing the direction of the open source project. We are in the planning stages of v3.5 of the software and want start collecting input on what components, functionality and attributes are most important to the community for integration into the next major release.
As a community member, your feedback is critical! Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. It is anonymous and is comprised of 1 major question. It does not go into too much detail and this is by design. We are hoping to gather general feedback and then focus in on specifics after we have assessed these general community preferences.
We will compile the results, report back to the community and take next steps from there.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Funambol v3.0 beta 3 is out
The Funambol team is pleased to announce that v3.0 beta 3 has been released.
You can download beta 3 here:
...and see what's changed here:
The components in this release include:
Windows Mobile Client Plug-in (updated)
Client API for C++ (updated)
Admin Tool for Windows/Linux (updated)
DS Server (updated)
WAP Mail Server (new)
We continue to focus on systematically improving quality and on community growth and support. The community bug finding efforts are really paying off. Don't forget, there are bug finding rewards -- you can see the current standings of the Community Bag-a-Bug Program (as of April 17) here:
Funambol Community Hero Program
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Funambol Community Hero Program. Much like the Bag-a-Bug Program launched last month (you can see updated status here):
...the primary goals of the Hero Program aim to benefit and make life easier for the entire community. We hope to encourage sharing of experience and acquired knowledge and to promote dialogue among community members. Striving for these goals will only help to sustain and strengthen the great community that has grown around the Funambol Project.
Hero Program Highlights:
Earn Hero Points for answering questions introduced by community members on the mailing lists (SourceForge or Yahoo!). Funambol Community Heroes with enough points will be posted in the open source area of the Funambol site. The top Hero Point earner for each three-month period will win an iPod Nano. Another iPod Nano will be given away in a lottery drawing at the end of the same period - you can earn lottery entries with the Hero Points you accumulate. Go here for details:
Thank you again for your ongoing support! We are eager to see the community continue growing by leaps and bounds with the help of its Heroes.
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