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Nokia and Open Source

By peeyush_maurya ·
Nokia Corporation has announced that it allows all its patents to be used in the further development of the Linux Kernel. Nokia believes that open source software communities, like open standards, foster innovation and make an important contribution to the creation and rapid adaptation of technologies.

By issuing the Patent Statement, Nokia wishes to encourage others to follow in order to foster the open development model and innovation for the benefit of developers and users alike.

I hope more companies should comes in front to support OPEN SOURCE. After all, the basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.
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Why limited to Linux kernel?

by stress junkie In reply to Nokia and Open Source

Nokia donating it's technology to Linux is a good move. I only wonder why it is limited to Linux? What about the BSDs and application developers? Maybe Nokia favors Linux because Nokia is a Finnish company and Linus Torvalds is a Finnish born person. I wish Nokia had made the patents more generally available but I have to admit that making their technology available to Linux is a generous move.

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by apotheon In reply to Why limited to Linux kern ...

Nokia is after some marketing gold, here, of course. While I'm pretty sure this was orchestrated by people within Nokia who "believe in" open source software development and would want the patents to be generally available, I suspect that in the process of "selling" the idea to others whose agreement wasn't so easy to obtain (such as, perhaps, the board of directors) they had to place limits on it that made it look like a way to advance the corporation's fortunes.

1. This is a savvy marketing move. Linux is high-profile, while *BSD is not. Thus, Linux gets the nod.

2. This opens up the field to a wide range of technology users, thus prompting more Linux users to be Nokia customers: if Nokia technology is compatible with their OS, they'll use Nokia technology more.

3. Linux is the "hot thing", and (in accordance with point 2 above) brings a new and significant customer base to Nokia. Something like *BSD does not so much. Thus, non-Linux software gets "overlooked".

4. By getting open source developers who also make their livings developing and selling commerical software involved in working with Nokia patents, Nokia probably hopes to entice them to develop commercial solutions that will be compatible with open source software, thus providing licensing revenue to Nokia that might not otherwise exist. While Nokia technology being included in the Linux kernel certainly provides for a new platform with which that technology can be used, it doesn't provide the applications to be used, and those can be licensed at a profit to Nokia.

I think that pretty much sums it up.

If you're a *BSD developer, you might be able to talk Nokia into giving you a free pass on it, too. I don't really know. Linux gets the public announcement, though, and I suspect that only open source OS kernels will get that sort of consideration (for now, at least) while applications will not be so well-treated by Nokia's legal department.

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Nokia and their softwares

by peeyush_maurya In reply to why

I completly agrees with point 2.
## If Nokia technology is compatible with their OS, they'll use Nokia technology more.##
So true, may be its just another marketing strategy of Nokia but at the end OPEN SOURCE will gain some.

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Yes, but . . .

by apotheon In reply to Nokia and their softwares

The open source software community would gain even more if the Nokia patents were just released for use in open source software development and use in general, as IBM has done, rather than in a manner limited to Linux kernel development only.

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one reason..

by Jaqui In reply to Why limited to Linux kern ...

the linux kernel has more hardware support then the bsd kernel.
since a lot of cell phones are being driven by linux now, making thier patented stuff available for linux promotes thier products huge.

nokia, motorola, siemens, erriksen all have majority of thier phones running linux.

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Nokia picks open source for smartphone browser

by peeyush_maurya In reply to Nokia and Open Source

Nokia picks open source for smartphone browser

Nokia announced today that it has decided to use 'best of breed' open source software as the basis of the next-generation mobile browser for its Series 60 smartphone platform.

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