Feeds

Optimise your mobile content for free

Volantis server goes open source

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Volantis, a specialist in making the same content work on every mobile phone, is open sourcing its server, allowing anyone to download and run their content-optimising system for free.

The Mobility Server: Community Edition is initially available as a free binary, with source code to follow next year under the GPL. It's the same package used by Volantis customers around the world to modify content to suit the connecting device.

It should be possible, using the server, to create mobile applications which look comparable on different devices and even allow for bugs or inconsistencies in different versions of the same device. The UK-based firm's database currently contains details of around 4,500 devices, with 650 attributes stored for each device.

That database is central to the server functionality and, while users of the "Community Edition" will initially get an up-to-date version, any changes won't be reflected until a new Community Edition is made available - expected to be a few times a year. Paying customers get a daily update to ensure the very latest bugs and handset versions are supported.

The idea is to stimulate more applications, ideally reliant on the Volantis software, and the company holds patents which could (in theory) prevent anyone just taking their software and running a competitive operation.

Without the database updates it's hard to see any commercial operation depending on the Community Edition, but it might make sense for small-scale applications and for developers wanting to test their ideas. So giving away the software itself seems low-risk.

Sharing the source code under the GPL could be slightly more risky as it's hard to predict how the open source community will react, or indeed if they will react at all, once the software is open to scrutiny. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.