updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed April 25, 2007
Mac, Linux users get FON
Martin Varsavsky, the founder of FON, has announced that there are now Mac and Linux beta versions of the company's proprietary software. The Mac version requires an Intel processor; the Linux version requires runtime Tcl/tk and the Universal TUN/TAP driver (tun.o), both of which are said to be included in Ubuntu. FON offers a unique business model: as long as subscribers agree to sell their home WiFi access, which is marked on a public map, they are similarly entitled to use hotspots around the world for free. Besides computers, the hotspots can also be connected to with Skype-FON VoIP phones, and any Symbian S60 v3 phone, such as those in the Nokia E-series.