Symbian announced that they’re closing their Open Source websites. Another proof that you can’t go open source if you’re not open since the beginning.

…we expect our websites will be shutting down on 17th December. We are working hard to make sure that most of the content accessible through web services (such as the source code, kits, wiki, bug database, reference documentation & Symbian Ideas) is available in some form, most likely on a DVD or USB hard drive upon request to the Symbian Foundation.

Ok, Symbian, you’re backing up… but come on, USB sticks? DVD? sent by postal mail? They invented the Internet to send digital informations without the need for a phisical support! Can’t you leave a small website online with links for downloading content?

Content delivery apart, what is the future for Symbian OS?

From the minute of the last meeting it seems that Nokia will continue developing and using the OS.
My guess is that it will be used on feature phones (they seems not to be hot, but still 80% of handset shipped are feature phones) targeting less developed countries and low costs market slice… and that for high-end devices Nokia will go for MeeGo… or try to do so :)

francesco mapelli