Feeds

Symbian shares the source

Go open source early

Website security in corporate America

The Symbian Foundation has announced it will be sharing the last of its source code today, putting the most widespread mobile OS under the Eclipse licence.

The Foundation reckons there are 330 million handsets out there running Symbian, and it's been working for the last couple of years to get ^3 (as version 3 is termed) opened up with the work now completed ahead of schedule.

Getting a proprietary OS opened up isn't just a matter of changing the licence: many companies contributed to Symbian over the years, and every contributor had to be negotiated with, or have their contribution worked around, by members of the Symbian community.

That community is still largely composed of drafted in Nokia employees, though the long-term goal is to spread the love more broadly. Various luminaries were brought out to congratulate Symbian on its sterling work - the most notable being Samsung which provided a supporting quote on the same day as demonstrating its first Bada handset in Korea, demonstrating how far its endorsement of the Symbian platform actually goes.

When Nokia bought out its partners in Symbian, and announced the formation of the Foundation with its plan to open-source the whole OS, the schedule called for all 108 packages to be opened up by the middle of 2010, so the project is ahead of schedule. That might be simply because it proved less complicated than expected, but it would be churlish not to recognise the work that's gone into the project.

So Symbian is now as free as Android, with a huge installed user base and a decade of successful deployments behind it: shame it hasn't got a brand like Google to push it into the limelight. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.