Feeds

Symbian fans to get Foundation voice

But are there enough to form a choir?

Best practices for enterprise data

Individuals desperate to be more involved in the evolution of Symbian can now get their voice heard thanks to a new free developers' community with Foundation membership.

The Symbian Foundation, the body responsible for holding together the now-open-source OS, has always welcomed companies (and their membership fees), but individuals have had to rely on their employer's membership to get a voice heard. Not any more, as anyone is now free to join Symbian DevCo, a co-op that itself is a member of the 'Foundation.

Membership of the Symbian Foundation costs companies $1500 a year, though the DevCo didn't have to pay that and its running costs are being met by the Foundation. The idea is that individuals can join the DevCo and vote on issues they want raised at Foundation meetings, such votes being subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

A cynic might suggest that this is a response to a lack of input from the member companies and is an effort to fill more seats at meetings, but given the enthusiasm with which most of the mobile industry attends meetings that seems unlikely. What's more important to Symbian is bringing the fans together, mostly to remind them that they don't stand alone. Lots of members would be good PR, even if most of them don't go on to contribute significantly.

Having said that, a small membership could prove embarrassing - right now there are only 22 members which doesn't bode well, though it's early days. Membership requests are reviewed, but the DevCo says it will only reject them if the profile or photograph is obscene, so if you've any interest in the future of Symbian then sign up – we're all keen to know how many of you there are. ®

Recommendations for simplifying OS migration

More from The Register

next story
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms
Readers chat to the pair who flog the tech
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?