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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."

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