Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 23:10 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Under an initiative sponsored by the European Commission, the Symbian platform was this week endorsed by the Artemis Joint Technology Initiative and specifically identified as a unique technology that is a vital focus for European-centric mobile software development. As a result, a total investment of over EUR 22 million has been committed to the development of next generation technologies for the Symbian platform. This development project is being led by the Symbian Foundation as part of a consortium of major European technology organisations. The consortium is made up of 24 organisations from 8 European countries, comprising major mobile device manufacturers, hardware and service integration professional services, major consumer electronics companies, mobile network operators, application developers, universities and research institutions."
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RE[4]: technology socialism?
by Neolander on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 13:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: technology socialism?"
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It's funding research in open-source OSs, just like the funds given to minix earlier. It brings the same kind of potential long-term benefits to anyone : better future operating systems. How is it different ?

I mean... Without wanting to start a holy war, Linux and BSD are just unambitious clones of AT&T Unix made by CS teachers and students who didn't want to pay its large cost. Same monolithic structure, same focus on text files, same user/admin security model... Symbian, on the other hand, is a microkernel real-time OS with some real work on security and power management. It's much more ambitious and interesting, so it's only natural to fund it...

Edited 2010-11-03 13:11 UTC

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