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Feb 26, 2009, 19:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There's been a lot of work needed to get the Symbian Foundation to where it is today, as Forsyth pointed out, it's been a matter of "Getting people on board, the transition into operating mode, putting together the business plan, budget, the objectives and vision." You need something in place before you start to open source an operating system, and what Forsyth calls "the sprint to Day One" has been about getting the infrastructure in place, so that there's a repository for the code.

Forsyth is pleased that there's been a lot of industry buzz about the Symbian Foundation, "Some companies wanted to get involved even before the membership terms have been published." They'll only get access to the code once they've joined though, and Forsyth is keen to point out that there won't be any one company ruling the roost. Like any open source project, influence will only come from contribution."

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