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Operating Systems

Submission + - Symbian soon to be Free Open Source Software (infoworld.com)

xlotlu writes: InfoWorld reports that Symbian is to become Free Open Source Software in a matter of hours.

108 packages will be available at Symbian's website, mostly under the Eclipse Public License, in what is probably the largest open source migration project in history: more than 40 millions line of code representing 10 years of development, currently in use on 330 million devices.

In the Wired coverage of the story, Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, picks on the Android platform, saying that "About a third of the Android code base is open and nothing more. And what is open is a collection of middleware. Everything else is closed or proprietary."

Operating Systems

Submission + - ReactOS gets Wine infusion (phoronix.com)

xlotlu writes: ReactOS was meant as a free and open-source operating system, binary-compatible with Microsoft Windows. But after 11 years in development it never reached a satisfactory level of usability.

Due to lack of developers, reimplementing the Win32 subsystem proved to be a much too complex task, holding the project back. Given the deficiencies of the current implementation, developer Aleksey Bragin decided to rewrite it from scratch, drawing heavily from the Wine project.

Bragin's announcement on the ReactOS mailing list makes a compelling argument for this decision. Here is to hoping this will boost development for both projects.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall