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Funambol Launches New Community Forge for Mobile Open Source Developers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Funambol, Inc., the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced that it has launched a new open source forge as a central collaboration site for mobile open source developers around the world.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire/ — Funambol, Inc., the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced that it has launched a new open source forge as a central collaboration site for mobile open source developers around the world.

"Funambol has been the leading advocate of open source software for the mobile industry for many years and has played a major role in fostering the world's largest mobile open source community. Hosting a forge for mobile open source development is a natural for us," said Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol. "Proprietary software approaches cannot keep up with the rapid pace of change in the mobile industry. The Funambol Forge will further ensure that development efforts are accelerated to meet the demand of this market."

At the new Funambol Forge, developers and other community members can work on mobile projects, share technical tips, and download software and documentation. The new forge houses source and binary code for the open source Funambol Community Edition and many Funambol-based community projects. It incorporates a new Discussion Services area that provides both mailing lists and online forums, as well as a new online support forum for the myFUNAMBOL portal. It is also the access point for all of Funambol's community programs, such as the Code Sniper and Phone Sniper programs.

"The new Funambol Forge is the result of the tremendous growth of the Funambol community, that has seen the number of Funambol downloads exceed two million," said Stefano Maffulli, new Funambol community manager. "We wanted to respond to the needs of the largest global community of mobile developers by offering a place where they can collaborate, learn and contribute to innovative mobile software."

Funambol provides opens source push email and personal information management (PIM) sync solutions for the mass market, that support more than 1.5 billion mobile devices, including phones from Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and others. Lately, the company has been pioneering a new ad-funded model for mobile email that enables it to be provided to users for free. Mobile operators and service providers around the globe, including Earthlink in the U.S. and 1&1 in Europe, have adopted the commercial version of the company's software.

The new forge, located at https://www.forge.funambol.org/, is the new access point for the vast majority of Funambol-related open source projects that were previously hosted elsewhere. Funambol is inviting interested parties to register on the new forge starting today and to subscribe to the discussion services at https://core.forge.funambol.org/ds/viewForums.do.

For more information about Funambol, please visit http://www.funambol.com.

About Funambol

Funambol provides mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source. The company is the leading provider of open source push email and PIM sync solutions for the mass market. Funambol open source has been downloaded more than two million times by 50,000 developers and project participants in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, device manufacturers and ISVs including customers such as 1&1, Earthlink and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with an R&D center in Italy.

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SOURCE Funambol, Inc.

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