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Nokia buys Symbian OS, goes open source

Nokia announced today that it will buy the remaining shares of Symbian OS and S60 for an undisclosed amount and will make the OS available royalty-free and open source over the next two years.

The software will be released under the Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0 and will make selected components available whenever a launch date is provided.

Sony Ericsson, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, AT&T, LG Electronics, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone have also joined in the Foundation, the open source platform Nokia will put the OS in.

The day after Google announced that they will delay an Android phone, Nokia comes out with another open source OS platform for the phone. I wonder if one day we can buy barebone phone and decide what OS to put on the phone? (Palm, Windows Mobile, Android, and Symbian)