"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
"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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