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29 November 2010, 12:09

Symbian Foundation to shut down its web sites

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Symbian In a blog entry from the Symbian development team, the Symbian Foundation has announced that it expects its web sites to be shut down on the 17th of December. A recent announcement, from the foundation and Nokia stated that due to rapid changes in the market the foundation's function would be changed and it would no longer operate as a coordinating body. In future it will be limited to operating as a legal entity responsible for licensing software and other IP.

According to an early November press release, the foundation's decision is not a renunciation of Symbian – the operating system will formally remain open source. This step will, however, make it far harder for many developers to contribute to work on the code. In the blog entry, the foundation says that it will continue to make code and other materials available via DVD, USB flash drive or other media on request. However, these won't be available before 31st January 2011, as preparing this content will take some time.

Nokia purchased Symbian in 2008 and established the Symbian Foundation in 2009. In February of 2010 the foundation moved the code base of the mobile operating system into open source. Two major Symbian vendors, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, have recently severed their ties to Symbian, choosing to instead focus on Android and Windows Phone 7. Nokia is also, in conjunction with Intel, developing MeeGo, which is likely to become the first choice OS for its flagship N-series.

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