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The Symbian Foundation has completed it’s project to open source the 10-year-old mobile operating system four months ahead of schedule.

“When the Symbian Foundation was created,” said Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, “we set the target of completing the open source release of the platform by mid-2010 and it’s because of the extraordinary commitment and dedication from our staff and our member companies that we’ve reached it well ahead of schedule.”

According to the foundation, Symbian is the largest proprietary project turned open source.

In a blog post announcing the open source release, “Hadyn” writes that more than “330 million Symbian devices have been shipped worldwide, and it is likely that a further 100 million will ship in 2010 with more than 200 million expected to ship annually from 2011 onwards.”

Included in the open source Symbian are all 108 packages containing the source code of the Symbian platform and can be downloaded from Symbian’s developer web site (, under the terms of the Eclipse Public License and other open source licenses.

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