Oh, the nostalga of those golden Open Source years

Look at this little gem. Who, fifteen to twenty years ago would have thought that in 2009 that Nokia and a major internet company would be trading insults over the openness of their open source based mobile OS … Android vs Symbian ?

Android and Symbian Trade Jabs Over Openness
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 by Brian Hart

Google’s Android and the Symbian Foundation recently traded jabs over who is more “open” and who is just talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams was quoted as saying:

Android is not open. It’s a marketing label. It’s controlled by Google. It’s a pretty label but I don’t think the use of Linux is synonymous with open and they may have made that mistake of assuming it is.

Rich Miner, co-founder of Android and Google’s VP of mobile, responded that Google has been open with mobile technology, even with competitors. Miner jabs back at Symbian and their $1,500 annual membership fee required to join the Foundation, which also isn’t open to individuals. He said:

If you’re talking about a platform and the source code isn’t completely available for that platform, I would say it’s misleading to call that platform open.

Open platforms are a good thing, and if two competitors go the rounds about who is more open, then it should prove to be a good thing for all of us.

Now I can sit back and ponder over those years when I felt like a subversive radical even just mentioning Linux or throwing open the doors to protected company code secrets. Sob ! Oh how it brings a tear to my eye.


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