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Mobixx becomes Siruna, enters Open Source era

Mobile Internet technology provider Mobixx announces that it will now operate under the name Siruna - The name change marks the beginning of a new era for this spin-off of IBBT and the University of Ghent. Siruna’s mobile application gateway is being released on to the Open Source community of Web builders. These can now create high quality mobile Web sites and applications without having to deal with the technical complexity of device diversity. Siruna users can stay focused on their revenue generating applications and content while we enable their multichannel distribution strategy.

Open Source: a growing driving force for Web developments

The Open Source community has been the driving force behind Web developments for some time now. By making its mobile application gateway available to the Open Source community of Web builders, Siruna wishes to further stimulate the use and development of its mobile Internet platform. The release makes Siruna the first Open Source mobile application gateway developed in Java.

This Open Source release is expected to result in further enhancements of the Siruna technology platform. Open Source users can use the platform for free, as long as any enhancements that they make are posted back to the community. Potential customers will also be able to try out the technology before deciding on whether or not to purchase the commercial edition.

Keeping pace with rapid Web technology innovation

“The Open Source model is the only way to keep abreast of the tidal wave of innovation that characterizes mobile Web technologies,” says Frank Gielen, founder of Siruna. “Without a large community, using and developing such a technology and pushing its possibilities to the limit is impossible. Besides, Siruna itself largely depends on other Open Source projects, so it seems only fair to give something back to the community.”

Siruna customers to benefit from evolutions

Siruna’s traditional product and service offering will continue to be available as before. The additional Open Source developments are certain to benefit Siruna customers, since the most interesting enhancements will be integrated into the company’s core product and service offering.

About Siruna

Siruna ( a mobile Internet technology provider. The company’s technology helps companies bring their online content to any type of mobile device. Siruna has adopted a strategy based on Open Source technology and partnerships with technology partners. The company was originally founded as Mobixx in 2007, as a spin-off of IBBT and the University of Ghent (Belgium). It currently has offices in Ghent and London.

Meet Siruna at Mobile Internet World, 21-23 October 2008, Boston, MA, United States - booth 405

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Ryan Developer replied on Mon, 2008/10/20 - 4:47pm

I browsed your website but could only find marketing information. There is no technical details or examples of how it works.  The MobileFaces website has tons of information about how it works, examples, source code, etc.

annelies maesen replied on Tue, 2008/10/21 - 2:39am

Have you also checked the site? You can find quite some technical information there, including a tutorial on how to use it ...

Bruno Lowagie replied on Tue, 2008/10/21 - 2:57am in response to:

[quote=rdelaplante]I browsed your website but could only find marketing information. There is no technical details or examples of how it works. [/quote]

That's true for, but if you look at you'll find more technical information: a tutorial, the architectural overview, the mobile adaptation guidelines, and much more besides.

 In a week, you'll also have access to a tool called the Siruna Composer that will allow you to mobilize your own website. (For a sneak preview go to

Allan Boyd replied on Tue, 2008/10/21 - 9:07am

"The release makes Siruna the first Open Source mobile application gateway developed in Java."

What about WURFL/WALL or better still the latter of which includes a pipeline similar to that described in the Siruna docs that facilitates page transcoding (among other features) if required? Both of these products are open source and written in java.

 Volantis also defines a clear separation between content and presentation including styling support across all devices regardless of their CSS capabilities as well as a host of supporting features for dynamic content inclusion, caching, mobile ajax widgets, image transformation (like Siruna), messaging (i.e. SMS, MMS, SMTP), Eclipse based gui for presentation, asset and device management and is deployed on many large enterprise systems.

Perhaps I am missing the point and Siruna is trying to solve a different problem or a nuance that I have not appreciated. Perhaps Siruna is more geared towards transcoding of existing PC sites as shown by one of the New Scientist examples. If so I wonder how robust such a solution is against changes to the original PC version and indeed how/if Siruna addresses the problem of retaining site semantics when transcoding between PC and Mobile pages.


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