Interesting news the other day. Nokia announced that it has offered to purchase the 52% of Symbian that it doesn’t already own and that the deal has been favourably received by the other shareholders. It promptly then announced plans to make Symbian open source. You can find details here and here.

But for me the most interesting aspect of this development is the particular license Nokia’s creation, the Symbian Foundation, has chosen. Instead of the ever popular GPL 2.0 or fledgling GPL 3.0, the decision has been made to release the source code under the Eclipse Public License.

I’d love to know why. What does Eclipse have the GPL doesn’t have? Or visa versa? I have queries to numerous sources outstanding on this topic and will report back as soon as somebody comes up with a plausible explanation. What this space.

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