Nokia confirms that Symbian is closed source

Former rubber boot maker and one time phone success story, Nokia has decided that it will not allow  beardie open sourcers, like Richard Stallman (pictured), play with its Symbian operating system.

There was some interest when the marketing team from Nokia described its new model for Symbian smartphone operating system development as “open and direct”.

But it seems that the open reference had nothing to do with open sauce, but being open for business and, we guess, open all hours.

An “open and direct” model is not one who tells you she would not be seen dead in a Vivienne Westwood outfit, but one which will enable Nokia to continue working with the remaining Japanese OEMs and the relatively small community of platform development collaborators.

This would be a bit different from last week when the outfit announced the Symbian code was back online in a posting titled “We are Open!”

We can see how you can get confused when the announcement was made by Petra Söderling, who is the “Head of Open Source, Symbian Smartphones, Nokia”.

The clarification of its definition was required after Groklaw  looked at the licence and declared it non-open.

Open Saucer Phipps also wrote in his bog that Nokia was pretending there’s no problem, but it really needed to get its act together.

Nokia has now fixed the problem by confirming that it is locking away its Nokia code.

If you want Symbian source under an open source licence, there is an archive on sourceforge at containing the code and resources from the Symbian Foundation before it closed its doors.