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Symbian Foundation Websites shutting down on 17th December as Symbian Becomes Closed Source

| November 27, 2010 | 16 Replies

With Symbian coming back under the full control of Nokia, the following Symbian websites are expected to shut down from 17th December 2010.

  • www.symbian.org, www.symbian.org/cn, www.symbian.org/jp
  • developer.symbian.org, developer.symbian.org/cn, developer.symbian.org/jp
  • horizon.symbian.org
  • ideas.symbian.org
  • blog.symbian.org, blogcn.symbian.org, blogjp.symbian.org

Everything is still available (see symbian.org) so if you have to download platform source codes they are available now. Afterwards, Symbian says, “We are working hard to make sure that most of the content accessible through web services” though they will NOT be hosting this source.

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Former Nokia and Symbian employee Julien Fourgeaud on Symbian becoming “closed source”:

“I have to say that this is a bit of a surprise.

Symbian as an open platform still makes sense and I can’t believe that there is anyone in the industry who hasn’t come forward to offer hosting the code and the documentation.

Even if the code/doc doesn’t live, it still has a chance to be used by the community and get back on its feet, maybe in a different manner?”

Symbian.org via Fourgeaud.com

Should Symbian.org and related websites stay open? Shame about ideas.symbian.org also shutting down. I hope Nokia pool those resources somewhere as it’s a good place to see ideas for Symbian.

Note, we do have  mynokiablog.com/symbian-features-wishlist where you could submit ideas/bugs too. I’m getting through updating the post (there were more than I’d anticipated) and will have to recategorize as some suggestions may form a new group.

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  • Jim

    they spend so much money and time to make it open , and now they are closing it again. Not sure if making it close source will help them in any way. and again not sure why they need to shutdown the site

  • Stylinred

    what’s the reasoning behind closing it???

  • Cod3rror

    Good that they are closing it and Nokia is taking over the development completely in-house.

    It was too bureaucratic, too spread out and too slow.

    Nokia is in charge now, alone hopefully that accelerates the development by a lot.

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  • IXN

    Don´t want it faster. Want it free.

    • Murble

      At this point in time, I’ll settle for faster. Even if it will not be opensource, Symbian is still less locked down then many competitor’s platforms.

  • Keith

    Bad news :( This is one of the most important things that us symbian users boasted about. But I hope this only improves Symbian…..

  • KeiZka

    Don’t know whether it’ll affect the openness to the end user. True, one can’t tinker with it as much as one could before, but updates are rolling faster (hopefully) and it’s still more to the liking of modders in the way how it can be modified…?

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  • sukh

    its gud that they made it closed source. when it was open thr was not that much development for symbian. now nokia taking over symbian, software engineers in nokia can concentrate on symbian more effecintly becauz its nokia property now. and nokia knows how to get work done.
    thanks for ur comments

  • Andre

    I think there might be a bit of confusion here.

    While it is true that Symbian is indeed now being developed wholly by Nokia internally and not the Symbian Foundation, I haven’t seen mention of Nokia charging for the source code for the OS.

    On the contrary, all recent announcements by Nokia execs have pointed towards Symbian remaining an Open Source OS. With the closing of the Symbian website and associated acts, what they ARE doing is killing the development of Symbian IN THE OPEN. Fact of the matter remains that the Source code SHOULD still be available through Nokia’s own websites. In essence, they are pulling a Google. Develop behind closed doors but freely release the Source code for your OS.

    The major issue with Symbian adoption has been the lack of a service layer. Will Nokia copy google’s model and charge for access to this layer? Or will it be a Nokia exclusive?

    I for one hope that they keep ideas.symbian.org alive. Fresh ideas from the community is ALWAYS a good thing, even if the majority cannot be implemented

  • N#O#R#U

    First step to goodbye symbian…meego or other os are the future

    • Ali Abdulla

      symbian is the past, present and future

      just like windows…

      both have some short comming, but overall, they offer the most feature packed OS

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