"It's official. Nearly two years ago, Nokia spent $410 million
to buy all of Symbian, the mobile operating system software in
which it already owned a major stake -- and promised to turn it
into a new, royalty-free mobile software platform.
"Today, Nokia announced that the Symbian Foundation, an
organization it created after the buyout, will release the software
as open source under the Eclipse Pubic License.
""We've spent a lot of time at the Foundation with partners to
work things out, scrub the code, and we're very proud of it," Larry
Berkin, head of global alliances for the Symbian Foundation and its
general manager in the U.S., told InternetNews.com. Berkin also
noted the open source release comes four months ahead of the
Foundation's original estimate of June 2010."
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