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CNET Nokia wireless browser goes open source--sort of

Aug 21, 2000, 20:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"With the release of a new mobile phone Web browser today, manufacturing giant Nokia is betting on a modified open-source strategy to help it break further into the wireless software market...."

"Nokia is betting on a new strategy: releasing the browser's "source code"--the programming instructions that create the software--to its customers, allowing them to modify it in whatever way they choose. While this doesn't match the full "open source" strategy that Netscape has pursued with its Mozilla Web browser project, it will allow potential licensees to tailor the software to their own devices."

"This doesn't mean it's going to be Mozilla open source. It needs to be better supported than that," said Paul Chapple, manager of Nokia's U.S. business development team. "But we've learned that you have to provide the source so the customers can control the destinies of their own products."

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