Nokia makes Symbian source code availiable

Last year the Symbian foundation ceased to be and Symbian stopped being an open source and was bought in house for to Nokia.  Now Nokia have made it available again, but not quite in the same open source was as it was previously.  People wanting to make contributions now need become approved collaborators and have their contributions approved by Nokia.  Collaborators will need to get an alternative license called the Nokia Symbian License

You can view the  Symbian blog and announcements at :

One thought I have on this is that perhaps as a open source project, open source development contributions slowed down the speed of development in the core platform and were not always helpful.  This means that Symbian development should happen more quickly with collaborations that are more focussed on useful additions to the codebase and less resources trying to integrate contributions of questionable value to most consumers.


About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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