Symbian open source by 2010

By   |  December 8, 2008

Back in June Nokia bought up the remaining portions of Symbian that it did not already own and said that it would release the mobile operating system as open source software.

Now ComputerWorld UK reports that the Symbian Foundation, established following the Nokia deal, is planning to release the first test versions of Symbian open source in the first half of 2009. The entire OS is expected to be released during the course of 2010.

Nokia’s agreement to purchase the balance of Symbian was finalised a week ago.

The Symbian Foundation now lists 64 members including Nokia, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, AT&T and AOL.

The initial Symbian code released in 2009 won’t be entirely open source and will be released to members of the foundation. That code will include elements of Symbian and of Nokia’s Symbian-based S60 platform.

The version of the operating system expected to be released in 2010 will unite Symbian with S60 as well as two other platforms built on it: UIQ and NTT DoCoMo’s MOAP.

More at ComputerWorld UK.

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One Response to “Symbian open source by 2010”

  1. Roy Schestowitz
    December 8th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

    Based on experience, they blend it with DRM and software patents. Choose Linux, not Symbian.

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