Open, closed, then "open," but not really

Open, closed, then "open," but not really

A look at Symbian's on-again, off-again history with open source.

Symbian, once Nokia's flagship smartphone OS, has had a rocky road recently. It looks like its on-again/off-again open source saga is finally coming to a closed ending.

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Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review

Special Jeopardy edition featuring Nokia, MacBook Pro rumors, and Google's Public Data Explorer.

Tired of everyone making "Terminator" or "Matrix" references to Watson's domination of its pitiful human rivals? Well, we go old school with our media references, as we look at Nokia's fickleness, new toys for geeks, and Google's campaign for pretty data.

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Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review

Apple lawyers up, the FSF is Injected, and Google donates Wave.

In a somewhat slow news week, Nokia pulls the plug on the Symbian Foundation, the FSF gets hacked, and Wave goes to Apache.

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Four short links: 4 February 2010 Four short links: 4 February 2010

Four short links: 4 February 2010

Personal Ad Preferences, Android Kernel, EC2 Deconstructed, Symbian Opened

  1. Google Ad Preferencesmy defaults look reasonable and tailored to my interest. Creepy but kinda cool: I guess that if I have to have ads, they should be ones I’m not going to hate. (via rabble on Twitter)
  2. Android and the Linux Kernel — the Android kernel is forked from the standard Linux kernel, and a Linux kernel maintainer says that Google has made no efforts to integrate. (via Slashdot)
  3. On Amazon EC2′s Underlying Architecture — fascinating deconstruction of the EC2 physical and virtual servers, without resorting to breaking NDAs. (via Hacker News)
  4. First Full Open Source Symbian Release (BBC) — source code will be available for download from the Symbian Foundation web site as of 1400GMT. Nokia bought Symbian for US$410M in 2008 (for comparison, AOL bought Netscape for $4.2B in 1999 but the source code tarball had been escape-podded from the company a year before the deal closed). This makes Symbian more open than Android, says the head of the foundation: “About a third of the Android code base is open and nothing more,” says Williams. “And what is open is a collection of middleware. Everything else is closed or proprietary.” (quote from Wired’s story).
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