Nokia announced earlier in the month that they’d be taking over the development side of Symbian, and that the Symbian Foundation will make the transition to a licensing operation.
Well, the next stage of the transition was announced via their Wiki recently, and involves closing the virtual doors on all of the Symbian Foundation’s websites come December 17th.
That’s right, every single website — including the source code, kits, wiki, bug database, reference documentation, and Symbian Ideas hosted on them — will be removed from the web.
If you want access to any of the above-mentioned resources, you can contact the Symbian Foundation directly and ask for it on a physical medium (such as flash drive/USB hard drive) sometime after January 31st. Note that this may incur a shipping and handling fee.
To be explicit, the following sites are marked for the chopping block:
- www.symbian.org, www.symbian.org/cn, www.symbian.org/jp
- developer.symbian.org, developer.symbian.org/cn, developer.symbian.org/jp
- blog.symbian.org, blogcn.symbian.org, blogjp.symbian.org
So, with Symbian development now almost solely in the hands of the community, what do you think the future will hold for the platform? Is this the freedom it’s always needed, or the final death throes before it goes the way of the Bluefin Tuna?