Open source provides Funambol customers and users with many benefits
A specific benefit is that the worldwide Funambol open source developer community continuously uses and tests Funambol
software on the latest mobile phones and devices, such as iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets. As they have access to its
source code, the community is able to make code-level suggestions to improve the software, and in many
instances, they enhance the software directly and contribute it for everyone to use. This community involvement enables Funambol
to support many more mobile devices more quickly than proprietary solutions, which is a major advantage.
Another benefit is that Funambol commercial customers receive full access to the Funambol source code. Although it is possible to
receive source code for proprietary solutions, the difference with open source software such as Funambol is that the software has been
designed, coded and documented from its onset to be used by a broad community of technical people. This means that all of the tools
and processes to build and maintain the software are documented, the software has been vetted by hundreds or thousands of
people outside of the core development team, and more. The result is that the Funambol solution is imminently flexible and
extensible for a wide range of needs. Customers are not limited to just using a set of APIs as with proprietary solutions.