Nokiasoft: Who are the Open Source Winners and Losers?

[ Thanks to E5Rebel
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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

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