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04 February 2010, 12:39

Symbian OS now completely open source - Update

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Symbian Logo According to reports from InfoWorld and Wired, the Symbian Foundation will announce that, starting today, its Symbian mobile operating system (OS) will be completely open source. Larry Berkin, Head of Global Alliances and General Manager for the Symbian Foundation, said that, "We're open-sourcing 108 packages that will be available at the source code level". The source, more than 40 million lines of code, is scheduled to be available on Symbian's developer portal at 6 am Pacific Time (2 pm GMT).

The Symbian OS is used by a number of mobile phone manufacturers, including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung. Like the Symbian Foundation's previous open source releases, the Symbian platform, including applications, middleware and the kernel itself, are expected to be released under the open source Eclipse Public License (EPL) and other open source licenses. An official announcement has yet to be posted to the foundation's official blog or to the News and Media page.

Update - The Symbian Foundation has now posted details of the open sourcing of the Symbian platform on its blog, in a press release and in an introductory video. The foundation also points out that more than 330 million Symbian powered devices have been shipped worldwide and it expects another 100 million to ship this year. The source code is available to download from

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