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Symbian Acquired; Open Sourced

Jun 24, 2008, 12:00 (6 Talkback[s])

The Register: Nokia Grabs Control of Symbian--Then Gives It Away

"Nokia has bought up the bits of Symbian it didn't already own and is chucking the OS into an open-source foundation along with the S60 UI layer, accompanied by Sony Ericsson and DoCoMo, who are throwing in UIQ and MOAP(S) respectively.

"Symbian has always been the underlying OS allowing companies to develop different graphical layers on top in much the same way that Windows (<95) used to sit on top of MS-DOS..."

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Computerworld UK: Opening Up Symbian--Good or Bad for Linux?

"Symbian has become one of the main operating systems for mobile phones, but until now, has not been open source. Nokia's announcement that it will be releasing it under the Eclipse licence is significant, but not one that is unalloyed good news for open source.

"The move is clearly aimed at removing one of the main advantages of Google's Android platform: that it was mostly open source..."

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