FSO core team founds BGB company
Michael 'Mickey' Lauer
mickey at vanille-media.de
Wed Jul 29 17:51:20 CEST 2009
Braunschweig, Germany, 2009-07-29. For immediate release.
The freesmartphone.org core-team founds a BGB company to facilitate
the further development of free and open source middleware for
Linux-based mobile systems: "Lauer, Lübbe, Schmidt, Willmann,
The core-team members of the freesmartphone.org project today announced
the founding of a legal entity offering consulting, training, and
implementation services around the freesmartphone.org middleware
platform, also known as FSO.
"We now have a single point of contact for both commercial and
non-commercial parties who want to use our services to create compelling
solutions. This is of interest for groups or individuals creating new
devices or freeing existing devices ("anti-vendor-ports") and who
decided to incorporate the FSO middleware", says Dr. Michael Lauer,
founder of the FSO project. "If you care about the further development
of this platform or if you need guidance for tailoring or customizing
the FSO middleware, contact us via E-Mail at
coreteam at freesmartphone.org".
With todays' smartphones evolving into ubiquituous companions, a gap has
emerged between widely used FOSS components like the Linux kernel and
core system libraries on one side, and end-user applications on the
other side. The lack of a complete free mobile software stack hinders
innovation and leads to reinventing proprietary solutions for services
FSO's mission is to close this gap by designing and developing solid
middleware for mobile systems in an open fashion; this refers to not
only publishing source code under open source licenses, but also to
sharing the whole design and development process with the community and
giving both commercial and non-commercial entities a way to co-drive and
steer the process.
Built on top of the Linux kernel, FSO implements high level services for
mobile application development, accessible via the DBus interprocess
communication standard. Leveraging the FSO APIs allows the developer to
concentrate on solving application domain problems, such as business
logic and presentation of data, without having to worry about the device
specifics and low level details, such as how to access resources,
telephony, location awareness, data storage, etc.
Previously funded by Openmoko Inc, freesmartphone.org is a collaboration
platform for open source and open discussion software projects working
on interoperability and shared technology for Linux-based smartphones.
freesmartphone.org operates on the services layer (middleware) and
offers APIs and reference implementations that support modern
interconnected mobile devices. To provide reference solutions,
freesmartphone.org works closely together with various device-specific
communities such as the Openmoko, OpenEZX, and HTC-Linux groups. The FSO
team honours and bases on specifications and software created by the
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