Funambol – An open source syncing client for the iPhone.

Have you ever wondered weather there are open source applications for the iPhone? Yes there are open source applications for the iPhone and one of such applications is Funambol. Funambol is an open source synchronization client that makes it easy for iPhone users to migrate their contacts from older phones to the iPhone 3G over-the air.
It also enables users of the iPhone 3G (as well as original iPhones and iPod Touches that have been upgraded to 2.0) to wirelessly back up their contacts for free, and to easily keep their contacts in sync with popular webmail systems, and email clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird.
“One of the first things that iPhone 3G users want is contacts on their phone and they don’t want to type them in,” says Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. “The Funambol plug-in makes it really easy to migrate contacts from an older phone, webmail system or email client. Plus it freely backs up contacts to a server without a cable. It is easy to see why the Funambol plug-in was just named as one of the top 20 third party iPhone apps.”
All you need to use Funambol on your iPhone is to register for a free account on the myFunambol portal. You can find Funambol readily available on iTunes and can also be downloaded  for free from the Apple App Store, from its Productivity section.

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx- Separate home partition by default.

The next release of  the ever popular Ubuntu Linux, code named Lucid Lynx, is set to be in April 2010. This release is going to be an LTS and thus with it we hope to see even more stability and greater features than the current Karmic Koala.
There is however, one feature that I really want the developers to give careful consideration to during the development process of the Lucid Lynx. In all the Ubuntu releases that have come out, the default installation has the home folder on the same drive as the system files. This makes the task of upgrading to a new release or doing a reinstall very cumbersome.
What I think would be in the best interest of Ubuntu and for that matter its users is for the standard installation to have a separate partition for the home folder. So if one chooses to go with the default installation as most people do, the home folder should automatically be created on a separate partition on the hard drive with the system files on another.
Doing this will help safeguard the data of users, especially newbies should something go wrong such that they have no option than to wipe their hard drives clean. I also think it will help people learn more about their systems as they know their data is not directly at risk.
The issue of always having to backup one’s system can sometimes be a real pain especially where you have a very large amount of data. I think this simple but generally overlooked feature should really be given serious thought during the upcoming Ubuntu Development Summit for Lucid Lynx.

FSArchiver- Archiving a Linux filesystem made easy.

Archiving a filesystem is a great way to copy it to another location or medium. There are a number of system tools out there that specialize in doing just that- archiving your filesystem. One such application that does this job well is FSArchiver.

FSArchiver is a system tool that allows you to save the contents of a file-system to a compressed archive file. The file-system can be restored on a partition which has a different size and it can be restored on a different file-system. Unlike tar/dar, FSArchiver also creates the file-system when it extracts the data to partitions.

Everything is checksummed in the archive in order to protect the data. If the archive is corrupt, you just loose the current file, not the whole archive. Fsarchiver is released under the GPL-v2 license. It’s still under heavy development so it must not be used on critical data.

The aim of FSArchiver is to provide a safe and flexible file-system backup/deployment tool. FSArchiver can extract an archive to a partition which is smaller that the original one as long as there is enough space to store the data. It can also restore the data on a different file-system, so it can use it when you want to convert your file-system: you can backup an ext3 file-system, and restore it as a reiserfs.

There are two ways to use FSArchiver. You can either download a livecd with this program on it, or you can install it on a Linux system on your computer. If you want to install FSArchiver, you can either compile it from sources or just copy the static binary. Follow the directions here for more details. You can also read more about FSArchiver  here.

Arkeia Software- Free, Fully-licensed Enterprise Backup Software Available for Ubuntu users

San Diego, Calif. November 10, 2009Arkeia Software, a leading provider of fast, easy-to-use, and affordable network backup solutions, today announced the availability of Arkeia Network Backup version 8 in the Ubuntu 8.04 LTS repository as a no-cost small-network package exclusively for Ubuntu users.  With these offerings, Ubuntu users for the first time can enjoy powerful, enterprise network backup in a no-cost, fully licensed solution.

“Arkeia Network Backup is a proven network backup solution with broad platform support and a robust enterprise feature-set,” said Steve George, vice president of sales and product management, corporate services at Canonical.  “With the Arkeia Network Backup Enterprise Edition for Ubuntu, Arkeia Software makes a significant commitment to the Ubuntu user community and supports Ubuntu’s ongoing growth in the enterprise.”

Arkeia Software was the first professional network backup solution for Linux and has supported the community since 1999.  Today, Arkeia continues to provide the deepest and broadest support for Linux and open source with more than 100 platforms supported.  With these new offerings Arkeia acknowledges the work of thousands of Linux users who have donated time and expertise toward the goal of making Linux a viable OS alternative. Fully-licensed Arkeia Network Backup, Enterprise Edition for Ubuntu can be downloaded from the Ubuntu 8.04 LTS repository by using the Synaptic Package Manager or with the ‘apt-get’ command. 

“Ubuntu has been adopted by millions of users because of its ease-of-use, speed, and affordability,” said Dave Elliott, vice president of marketing at Arkeia Software.  “As Canonical and Ubuntu move into larger environments, Arkeia is proud to provide Arkeia Network Backup, which is similarly fast, easy-to-use, and affordable.”

Fully-featured Enterprise Backup for Ubuntu Users

Arkeia Network Backup, Enterprise Edition for Ubuntu is fully-featured and is not time-limited.   One free, perpetual license is granted per individual or company and only web registration is required.

The enterprise license includes:

    * one backup server running on Ubuntu
    * up to 250GB capacity for backup to disk
    * support of any single drive, tape or disk
    * 2 client agents to backup many types of client machines including Windows workstations and desktops, and the vast majority of Linux machines, Mac OS X and BSD computers

Arkeia Network Backup features an easy-to-use web interface so that backup policy setup and management is a breeze. Arkeia’s backup engine leverages parallelism extensively, making Arkeia Network Backup one of the fastest backup and restore solutions in the market.  Source-side data deduplication will be available in early 2010, making backups and restores faster and easier than ever. More than 150 different applications and platforms are supported with specific packages.

The Arkeia Network Backup, Enterprise Edition for Ubuntu, package is available now for download from Ubuntu’s repository and can be accessed by using the Synaptic Package Manager or by typing the ‘apt-get install arkeia’ command.  More information can be found at here