It’s been announced a while ago but it’s today that the Symbian foundation has opened the EKA2 Kernel source code making it available under the Eclipse Public License:
This is a major breakthrough for the Foundation that shows our commitment to open source and the wider community while enabling the symbian ecosystem to make business as usual. We have tried to lower the adoption barrier to a bare minimum, fostering HW innovation and empowering developers to port the platform to all kind of devices, beyond that of pure personal communication devices… netbooks, perhaps?…
Fair enough, we have only tackled the first hurdle and there’s still a lot to do but now you are fully able to help make collaborative progress on all the other ‘nice-to-have’ elements that we are all eagerly waiting for; we’re almost there with GCC (watch this space on that topic) as well as making full use of ARMv7, Thumb2 and NEON… what’s on your list?.
On a personal note, being part of the team putting all of this together has been a gratifying experience, where we have had a tremendous level of coordination in our ecosystem, across several member companies, and many individuals.
There’s a great team, I mean GREAT, behind making this kit available, ready to help as much as possible in developing it further as well as supporting you taking the first steps. To top it all, SEE09 is just around the corner and we have 2.5 hours of hands-on lab covering QEMU, Zoom2 and Beagleboard as well as a few interesting BoFs.
Some final notes… as part of the work to publish the Kernel source, we’ve also made progress on opening up the Symbian kits: from today onwards, all new Symbian PDKs and PDTs will be available to everyone under an End User License Agreement. The Kernel Taster Kit is a cut-down version of PDK 3.0.b – if you want the other 1.5 Gigabytes of stuff, the whole PDK is available from the Symbian download pages.
The question I’m asking myself is; how does Symbian fit into Nokia’s future smartphone strategy? Nokia‘s most interesting device now is the N900 which runs the Maemo 5 linux OS (all other Nokia smartphone are still using Symbian S60). Will Nokia put Maemo on the smartphone device (E & N series) and replace S40 with Symbian S60 on ther feature phones? Or are they planning to have smartphone line of products using 2 different OSes ?