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09 July 2009, 08:48

Symbian's first EPL release

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The Symbian Foundation has announced the availability of the first Symbian package to be released under the open source Eclipse Public License (EPL). In a Symbian Foundation Security Blog post, developer Craig Heath confirmed that the OS Security package source code is the first package to be moved from the closed Symbian Foundation LicensePDF (SFL) to an open source license. The move has been made for two reasons, one practical and one symbolic.

Heath said the practical reason for the change was that under the previous licensing "it wasn’t feasible to get an export license which permitted the SFL crypto library source code to be exported". According to UK export rules and regulations, where the code is hosted, software that's in the public domain is exempt from export controls. Symbolically the change demonstrates that the Symbian Foundation is very serious about "providing a platform that is both open and secure". It has yet to be confirmed which is the next Symbian package to be moved to the open source licence.

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