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BlackBerry users are about to stick their heads in the cloud, as Funambol introduces a wireless Web-syncing service for RIM devices.
Google Android is booming, which is creating an excellent market opportunity for Funambol, the open-source mobile sync leader.
Apple's MobileMe looks like a pale shade of what it could have been. It might, for instance, have been free and open source like Funambol's myFUNAMBOL service.
Funambol is sitting on a gold mine.
If mobile computing is the future, open-source developers are effectively writing themselves out of it with their continued focus on server and desktop environments.
Cloud computing may be all the rage, but it's clear that native, client-side applications have a very long shelf-life ahead of them.
As mobile devices proliferate, the importance of open cloud sync services enabling a many-to-many device syncfest becomes critical to computing freedom.
Google's open-source approach to Android is a key reason that it is quickly gaining ground on closed-source competitors like Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry. But challenges remain.
Funambol offers service providers a way to offer MobileMe service that actually works, without the compromises.
Here is a video compilation of the best of the 2010 edition of the annual Open Source Goat Rodeo.