With the shuttering of the Symbian Foundation last fall, and Nokia’s recent shift towards Windows Phone 7, the fate of the Symbian source code has been a bit uncertain. After the Foundation’s website went down, you could still access files over FTP, but clearly a longer-lasting solution was needed to provide access to the operating system’s source. Now Nokia has started publishing that code itself, with most files available now and the rest planned for publication in the coming weeks.
You’ll need to register with Nokia to actually gain access to the files, but they probably won’t be of much interest to anyone but dedicated developers, anyway. What’s important to note about Nokia’s action is that it shows there are clear frameworks in place for the continued development of Symbian, reinforcing the company’s earlier reassurances that it will continue to support the operating system, even after the last Symbian phones have been sold.
While further development efforts will likely be spearheaded by parties already involved with the Symbian project, developers interested in contributing any novel code they’ve written should get in touch with Nokia through the site’s contact page.