Friday, June 27, 2008

Mobile hype continued

It's been a busy week in mobile handset world. Latest news is that LiPS forum joins forces with LiMo Foundation. This is a good step in preventing the foreseen problem of Linux in mobile devices: Fragmentation.

These two key players have already before made some work together to unify the platforms, but this certainly is much better. Now from fragmentation point of view, the only problem is Google and Open Handset Alliance.

I personally don't yet view the fragmentation as a major problem as I see that each platforms have their own purposes and they fit those very well. Maybe later on there will be need to align different platforms, but until then. Keep on developing and contributing. I'm waiting for the result eagerly...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

iPhone 3G

Well, it came out and it looks good. iPhone 3G is going to be available in stores at the 11th of July also here in Finland. There will propably be "few" people lining up to get it.

I'm just waiting to see the actual price of that device. The $199 price will of course be connected with some package from operator. The real price for the whole package will be closer to $2000 (or something).

Anyways. Apple did it again. Great phone.

Open source mobile hype

The hype about open source based mobile phones is increasing all the time.

- Google Android is coming, although might be a bit late
- OpenMoko based Neo Freerunner is ready to be shipped
- Symbian is about to be open sourced
- Nokia bought Trolltech that has implemented a open source mobile platfrom Qtopia as well as the highly popular cross- platform GUI application framework Qt
- LIPS forum, Open Handset Alliance and LiMo foundation are gaining popularity
- Nokia has announced to bring a Linux based device to market that has telephony sutpport

And so on. Don't even get me started on MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) and UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PC)... (Well, I have to: Atom, maemo, UME, mobilin etc. :) )

There seems to be a huge hype about these and for a reason. Open source enables smaller companies to step up and enter the markets. It enables users to customize and freely develop applications and the platform to better suit their needs. It makes open innovation possible.

Problem still seems to be that the rules and regulations (both juridical and the community rules) seem to be a bit hard for companies to gasp. Almost everyone know nowadays that open source is good thing and now we are thinking how to gain benefit from it? Someone introduced already that we are moving towards FOSS 2.0 where we really get business benefit from open source.

I'm currently working on "Benefit from open source" course and I'm full of ideas. The problem is that the course is just one day long and there won't be enough time to go through all the exciting stuff. What do you think are the most important things a company should understand when starting to do business with open source?

Summer holiday

Finally my summer holiday started!

I had to delay the start by one week due to a bit busy situation at work (in fact, I've been working whole morning at home to get things done). Have to say that now it feels really free and relaxed. I even have time to write to blog and to read few books that I've been thinking about reading for few months already.

I also feel like I should develop at least something during the summer holiday. Just to have something to do during rainy days :). The problem is that I have had a huge number of ideas during the winter and spring about tools that should be done, but now my head feels empty. Well, maybe I should just start with open source Scrum tools project that I've been considering for ages. If you have any ideas, please let me know...

Shelfari virtual bookshelf

I just stumbled upon a quite nice web site called Shelfari. The idea is that you can create your own virtual bookshelf and add your own books, the books you have read and the books you would like to read in it. Shelfari also offers the trendy community features like groups, friends, recommendations, tags and reviews to help you find the best books available.

I have to say that as I like to read and I like to own books, I became right away interested about the service and decided to add my books to the virtual bookshelf. Have to say that the first impression of the service is really good. Everything works smoothly and intuitively. Also a great bonus is the widget that can be added to blogs etc. websites. So I decided to replace my current readings widget with Selfari's Now reading widget. Looks a bit better now.