Freeing an idea by One Laptop Per Child, based around a graphical design by The Fuse Project, Morphoss has spent the last year developing & building the user interface and related software for the XO Learning Tablet.
The project to build the XO Learning Tablet was a complex and demanding one, requiring us to delve deeply within the Android OS in order to provide parental controls, support tracking of usage by multiple children. Outside of the direct user interface development we also built web-based administration software to help OLPC track the inclusion and classification of over 100 third-party educational applications. At the same time we also contributed code and translations back to the free software community for a number of projects which are used within the product.
We're proud to have been a part of this process and look forward to continuing to work with One Laptop Per Child as the tablet revolution evolves and develops.
Visit http://www.xotablet.com/ for more information.
Since November we have been working hard, writing a CalDAV client for Android. This was functionally complete in late January and some people will have trialled the alpha version which was made available at that time. Subsequently we participated in testing the client at an interoperability event at CalConnect XX in Berkeley and it's now time to release it.
While there is still some distance to go, we feel this is a fully usable beta which can be used for many basic calendaring tasks on Android and which most importantly will synchronise with your remote CalDAV server. With Android growth overtaking all other smartphone brands, and still accelerating, we felt it was important that Android users should also be able to follow important emerging standards such as CalDAV.
The aCal CalDAV Client for Android is available in the Android Market for NZD$2.00, and will be released as free software under the GPLv3 later in March. This token charge for the application (less Google's 30% share) will help to enable Morphoss to continue to put development into free software such as aCal and DAViCal CalDAV & CardDAV Server.
Danton Mendell, dotCal's CEO and a veteran of many startups over the years said "In order to scale dotCal up to the numbers we are anticipating, we needed a calendaring solution that could perform and perform in a stable manner. After looking at a variety of backend calendaring servers we settled on DAViCal."
Morphoss has assisted dotCal in this transition, adding new support for several emerging internet standards into the DAViCal code. Andrew McMillan, Morphoss owner and the primary author of DAViCal since starting the project in 2005 said "it's great when companies like dotCal really 'get' open source software like this. All the work done on DAViCal to support dotCal's great product has been contributed right back into the open source code, where everyone can benefit from it".
Morphoss is pleased to announce sponsorship of some DAViCal development by Tru Hearing.
With this sponsorship we have purchased an Apple iPhone, and hope to release a new version of DAViCal which will work with the iPhone OS3 calendar application as soon as possible.
Morphoss is pleased to announce that the Capital Accounting & Property Management System has now officially been released as free, open source software under the Gnu General Public License version 2 or later.
Although Capital APMS currently depends on the proprietary, closed-source Progress RDBMS, Morphoss will be working on converting the application to use PostgreSQL and to provide several front-end systems for data entry and reporting.
Morphoss Ltd will be sponsoring and attending Software Freedom Day 2008 on the 20th September from Noon to 6pm at the Wellington Convention Centre.
Come and meet people in the free software industry, help find bugs in the OLPC, bring your computer along to get some Linux Love in the installfest, join in the hackfest, attend the barcamp or just talk geek.
See you there!
Morphoss Limited came into existence on the first of September 2008.
We believe that there is a place now for a small independent consultancy with a narrow specialisation in the substitution of free, open-source software for existing proprietary solutions.
The landscape has changed enormously in the ten years since we switched to exclusively using free, open-source software all the time. We believed then, and we still believe today, that experience is not about learning, but about doing, so for ten years we have been living and working with free, open-source software full-time.
Now it is time to come out of the closet - or the phone booth - and share our knowledge and experience with these technologies with organisations who are interested in achieving the very real potential for business improvements and cost savings which these technologies can provide.