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Symbian and the Eclipse Public License

Yesterday, the Symbian Foundation announced the release of the Symbian microkernel and development kit under the Eclipse Public License (EPL).

“The release of the microkernel demonstrates three vital, guiding principles of the foundation: first, the commitment of many community members to the development of the platform – in this case, Accenture, ARM, Nokia and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) all made contributions; second, progress in fulfilling our commitment to a complete open source release of Symbian; and third, a tangible example of providing the most advanced mobile platform in the world” said Lee Williams, Executive Director, Symbian Foundation.”

Good stuff. That’s going to be a lot of phones and devices with open source love in it.

Maybe Gartner’s prediction of open source dominance by 2012 will happen sooner?

Gartner believes that 80 percent of all commercial software applications will include open-source components by 2012. Gartner notes that the value and robustness of open-source software offers compelling opportunities for commercial software developers to reduce development costs.

I think open source and open development is in. Will people care though?

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Ok, now back to watching those DroidDoes commercials…

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  • “I think open source and open development is in. Will people care though?”

    Yes I agree with you. There are some big mastodons turning towards open source development (I work for one of them) but I don’t think the effects will be noticeable very soon. I think Gartner’s prediction is pretty close to what we will see. I don’t think people in general will care. But they will feel the effects; in the form of better applications and (much) more to choose from.

  • “I think open source and open development is in. Will people care though?”

    Yes I agree with you. There are some big mastodons turning towards open source development (I work for one of them) but I don’t think the effects will be noticeable very soon. I think Gartner’s prediction is pretty close to what we will see. I don’t think people in general will care. But they will feel the effects; in the form of better applications and (much) more to choose from.

  • Thanks for your comment Torkild.

    Well, I think better applications in the mobile space came mostly through having a distribution model for them. Before the AppStore, going to each developer’s website to download their application on your phone was terrible; the carriers were also useless. The Apple AppStore changed the game. It made payment and distribution easy, which in turn allowed developers to make money. This attracted a lot of people to mobile development even though the tools that Apple make are horrible πŸ™‚

    During some of my time at IBM, we were developing all sorts of cool applications for the old Nokia Communicator devices (9500). There was no easy way to buy those applications for the average consumer and at the time, I don’t think there were enough powerful phones out there.

    To not rant any further, I think the mobile space is going to be very interesting in the next few years. I think Symbian has a good model going forward, the question is whether they can build enough community and the right tools for developers. It will be interesting to see who the winners are in a couple years.

  • Thanks for your comment Torkild.

    Well, I think better applications in the mobile space came mostly through having a distribution model for them. Before the AppStore, going to each developer’s website to download their application on your phone was terrible; the carriers were also useless. The Apple AppStore changed the game. It made payment and distribution easy, which in turn allowed developers to make money. This attracted a lot of people to mobile development even though the tools that Apple make are horrible πŸ™‚

    During some of my time at IBM, we were developing all sorts of cool applications for the old Nokia Communicator devices (9500). There was no easy way to buy those applications for the average consumer and at the time, I don’t think there were enough powerful phones out there.

    To not rant any further, I think the mobile space is going to be very interesting in the next few years. I think Symbian has a good model going forward, the question is whether they can build enough community and the right tools for developers. It will be interesting to see who the winners are in a couple years.