Can open source save RIM?
Feb 24, 2012, 19:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Branscombe)
"RIM isn't a company you naturally associate with open source.
It licenses Java from Oracle, has a proprietary operating system
and server software, has fought its way through several patent
trials and is famously secretive about the way it runs the
BlackBerry infrastructure. But many of the companies Research In
Motion has acquired over the last few years, such as Torch and TaT,
have been heavily involved in open source. The Torch browser RIM
built into BlackBerry 6 (and named its touchscreen handset after)
is based on WebKit, and both the PlayBook OS and the future
BlackBerry 10 operating system include many open source frameworks.
WebKit HTML5 is its strategy for bringing BlackBerry Java
developers to the new platform. Now RIM is starting to contribute
to open source projects, both for tools and frameworks, and to get
more involved with the community. "