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Nokia: Open Source Developers Should Play By Our Rules

Jun 20, 2008, 01:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

"Nokia has been involved with open source for several years. Notably, it used Linux and several open source code libraries as the foundation of Maemo, the operating system for its line of Internet tablet devices. To be fair, Nokia has also contributed to a number of open source projects in return. But if Jaaski thinks that gives Nokia a right to dictate terms--sorry, to 'educate developers'--I think he's in for a rude awakening.

"Not everything needs to be open, and there's certainly still room for proprietary software in the world. But when it comes to development platforms, the competition is increasingly stiff. As John De Goes, president of tools vendor N-Brain, told Javalobby just last week, 'The only commercial development tools that can survive today are the ones that leapfrog open source tools...'"

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