Volantis has announced that they have made the Volantis Mobility Server available as a free download as the Volantis Mobility Server Community Edition
, with a plan to release it under the GPL 3.0 in the first quarter of 2008. Mobility Server provides rendering support for thousands of devices, adapting the Internet for mobile devices and optimizing content for viewing on any device.
From the press release:
Volantis’ decision to offer the Volantis Mobility Server under licensing terms favorable to the enterprise audience comes as the industry is at a crossroads. Traditional pricing models work well for Volantis’ established customer base, which includes leading telecommunications providers and partners. These customers require support that is covered by the initial software purchase price. However, a vast pool of companies will benefit from Volantis’ technology if it is priced for occasional support and additional added features, a licensing model represented by the free download and the open source Volantis Mobility Server.
In addition, Volantis is excited to let the developer community enhance and build upon its work. The company has long contributed to a community standards process, driven by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), to create the Device Independent Authoring Language (DIAL) specification. Web development markup languages that comply with the DIAL specification, such as Volantis-created XDIME, can be used interchangeably to create content viewable on any mobile device. Given the maturity of the Volantis platform, the company felt the timing was right to offer its product to the community.
The Volantis Mobility Server, both as a free download and, ultimately, an open source product, includes all the features necessary to deliver corporate content to mobile phones, including:
- a multi channel server, which automatically adapts web markup for mobile and other devices
- the XDIME markup interpreter, which implements the emergent DIAL standard
- development tools, delivered as plugins to the Eclipse open source developers toolkit
- a client side mobile AJAX widget library
- a device database, providing information necessary to render content for specific devices, and including information about more than 4000 devices.
Volantis Mobility Server, Community Edition looks like it's designed to compete with WURFL
in terms of containing information, and it also provides a consistent rendering mechanism (where WURFL uses tags or properties to manage rendering to specific device capabilities.)
What do you think of the project and its capabilities? Mobile rendering so far has been a bit of a Gordian knot
, from the looks of it; do you think something like Volantis or WURFL can help address the issue of rendering content on mobile devices?