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Nokiasoft: Who are the Open Source Winners and Losers?

Feb 17, 2011, 07:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

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"The dust has barely settled on the announcement of the major deal between Nokia and Microsoft, weird possibilities have been and gone, and we are all still pondering the implications. One of the key concerns for readers of this blog will be: what are the effects on free software? And: who will be the open source losers - and winners? What follows is just a first sketch of what the eventual answers may be: expect them to be refined and possibly reversed as more details and reactions emerge.


"The clearest loser in the deal is Symbian: it is as dead as the proverbial Monty Python parrot. Here's what the fateful Nokia press release announcing the deal has to say on the subject:

"With Nokia's planned move to Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, Symbian becomes a franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value. This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come."

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