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Symbian: A Lesson on the Wrong Way to Use Open Source

Oct 29, 2010, 21:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"The Register's Andrew Orlowski recently offered a hopeful eulogy for Symbian, the still-dominant but fading mobile operating system that Nokia took open source in 2008. Nokia hoped to revive Symbian's importance, which once dominated more than 50 percent of the mobile market, by reinvigorating its developer base in light of a rush of Linux-based operating platforms like Android and LiMo. It hoped in vain.

"For years, companies have looked to open source to salvage dying products, and each time these efforts have failed. Often dismally.

"After all, if a product can't make the grade as a proprietary product, it will almost certainly fare worse as an open-source product."

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