Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Apr 2011 21:58 UTC, submitted by Ooliebol
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless We've got a little correction to make - although this time, it's kind of Nokia's fault for an ambiguous choice of words. We said in a short item that the source code to Symbian had been published online by Nokia, but this is, in fact, not exactly the case. They're not open as in open source, but open as in open for business.
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I hope they do...
by poundsmack on Fri 8th Apr 2011 23:08 UTC
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I hope they post the source code in the end. I mean, everyone else does it, like Apple with OS9, Palm with BeOS, Microsoft with DOS, Amiga with... ok you get the point.

All kidding aside. I think there is a very small chance they will open source and give away Symbian. It's giving away the platform with the largest install base of them all (in the mobile phone world). They are then potentially making for themselves their own biggest competition... It doesn't make sense from a business perspective.

On the other hand, I'm an open source dev and actually LIKE the Symbian OS (and a lot of other embedded OS's). So personally I hope they do. Only time will tell...

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RE: I hope they do...
by leech on Sat 9th Apr 2011 00:02 in reply to "I hope they do..."
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I just figured they could release most of Symbian, then change the other version to SINOS. Symbian Is Not Open Source. Well, looks cooler as SinOS.

Wait, I think maybe if I ever end up making my own Distribution of Linux or my own operating system, that's what I'll name it. Don't touch it, it's MINE!!!

All kidding aside, how awesome would it have been if the AmigaOS had just been open sourced... just sayin....

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RE: I hope they do...
by glarepate on Sat 9th Apr 2011 03:18 in reply to "I hope they do..."
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This project contains a full dump of all the public source code from the Symbian project under the original EPL license, as of 07/12/2010.

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RE: I hope they do...
by ceasy on Sat 9th Apr 2011 13:31 in reply to "I hope they do..."
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I thinks 'Symbian Is Not Open Source' is best.

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