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Can open source save RIM?

Feb 24, 2012, 19:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Branscombe)


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"RIM isn't a company you naturally associate with open source. It licenses Java from Oracle, has a proprietary operating system and server software, has fought its way through several patent trials and is famously secretive about the way it runs the BlackBerry infrastructure. But many of the companies Research In Motion has acquired over the last few years, such as Torch and TaT, have been heavily involved in open source. The Torch browser RIM built into BlackBerry 6 (and named its touchscreen handset after) is based on WebKit, and both the PlayBook OS and the future BlackBerry 10 operating system include many open source frameworks. WebKit HTML5 is its strategy for bringing BlackBerry Java developers to the new platform. Now RIM is starting to contribute to open source projects, both for tools and frameworks, and to get more involved with the community. "

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