oss-phone-lineup A new development in the mobile operating system market brings an open source convert to the table. As of Symbian’s announcement today, three of the five major players can now be considered open source systems. This pits Microsoft and Apple’s closed systems directly against Google, Palm and Symbian in an epic battle of ideology. The playing field for desktop operating systems has always been slanted because open source systems haven’t had competitive desktop systems until recently (after most folks have already grown well accustomed to their closed source systems).

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