Wherein your humble author attempts a quick and dirty rundown of the key differences between the software license covering Symbian’s new open OS and the GNU General Public License that’s served the Linux community for many years.
Note that much of what follows has been cobbled together from Wikipedia pages, so feel free to enlighten and/or correct in the comments below this post…
Ready? Here we go...
In one of the first posts on the Symbian Foundation’s new blog the following proclamation was made about the future of Nokia’s proprietary S60 mobile operating system:
“We’re going to give it all away: For free”.
It’s now almost a year later and I have to ask: What’s taking you so long?
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