Symbian goes entirely open-source

The Symbian operating system became fully open-source this week. Previously, a developer had to fully subscribe to the Symbian Foundation to access all of the code. But now a generous Eclipse public license agreement allows complete access to all of Symbian, with the ability for home-grown add-ons, custom features and tweaks to remain proprietary to individual manufacturers or brands.

New kids on the block, such as Google's Android and Samsung's Bada often draw the media spotlight, but Symbian powers hundreds of millions of devices, almost as many as all of its competitors combined. This decision gives the platform a much needed bump and should encourage the world to begin to see Symbian as a safe choice for development.

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