Related News: Open Symbian; Neo900
In related news, it appears that there have been a few other newsworthy topics to discuss for us open source fans out there which I’d like to impart.
The first is a push to make Symbian open source. Since Nokia abandoned Symbian and decided to run with WP, there are a lot of folks out there who would like to see Symbian released into the wild for the community to self manage the OS and provide updates etc in lieu of the assumed lack of continued development from MS/Nokia.
MyNokiaBlog reports that there is now a campaign where interested party’s can sign a petition to release the software to the open source communities.
The petition can be found here: http://www.change.org/petitions/nokia-corporation-microsoft-corporation-release-symbian-source-code-make-it-open-source-release-latest-update-builds-save-the-environment
The campaign states:
Since Nokia cancelled all firmware updates for their Symbian phones & Microsoft probably has no intention to keep Symbian OS, because they are concentrating on Windows Phones,
I HEREBY WOULD LIKE THE RELEASE OF SYMBIAN OS SOURCE CODES AND LATEST BUILDS TO OPEN SOURCE
FOR DEVELOPMENT FOR MILLIONS OF SYMBIAN USERS ALL OVER THE WORLD
Symbian OS still provides the base for many tens of millions of users worldwide (e.g. numbers from “Statcounter – Global Stats”). A lot of these people have trusted Nokia as their phone provider for over 20 years. Android, Symbian’s biggest competitor in mobile OS, already has open source projects and allows development and distribution all over the world, and I would like to see Symbian opened up on a similar basis, for ongoing work by professional and hobbyist programmers.
SO PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION & KEEP SYMBIAN ALIVE BEFORE IT GETS FORGOTTEN
This project is of a slightly different sort and plans to provide a follow up successor to the N900 by utilising a hardware board already in existence, namely GTA04.
The Neo900 project aims to provide a Fremantle (Maemo™ 5) compatible successor of N900, with faster CPU, more RAM and LTE modem, basing efforts on an already existing, mature and stable free platform – the OpenPhoenux GTA04.
In terms of the specs, the project aims to maintain the original hardware features which made the N900 so versatile but upgrade them to bring them up-to-date:
The price will be dependent on the uptake with higher quantities ordered yielding a more reasonable end-user price.
Are you supporting either of these campaigns?