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Earlier this month, jaxenter.com reported that the Symbian Foundation had announced the completion of its effort to open source the platform’s 33 million lines of source code. This seemed to bode well for the open sourcing effort: Symbian had originally scheduled the project’s completion for June 2010.

However, Symbian have now revealed in a blog post that there are still some packages that don’t compile with either the GNU ARM toolchain or the RVCT toolchain. They are calling for volunteers to help them ensure Symbian’s kernel can be compiled with free software. Encouragingly, the Foundation has received messages of support for its open sourcing endeavour, from both the Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Law Center.

To take a look at the smartphone source code, please visit the Symbian Developer web portal.

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