As we already know,the Symbian Foundation decided to  shut down all it's websites a few days ago. Unfortunately that decision really had a bad impact on the community as many questions were raised about the future of the Symbian OS and Nokia was silent while the foundation was just making the anouncement of the end of their role. It seems that the public's reaction really shaken the people over the foundation and now they are moving into changing some things in their original anouncement.

 

The websites will still shutdown on the 17th of December but what changes is actually the way today's content (and that is the source code, kits, wiki, bug database, reference documentation & Symbian Ideas) will be available to public till Nokia takes full control. The first solution from the foundation was to give all this content through DVDs/USB Sticks sent to everyone who is interested.Unfortunately that way of distribution was really old and not at all efficient.

Instead the foundation will now have an FTP server hosting all the content for everyone interested to today's content! Not everything will be available to everyone as there are some obligations from the past about Symbian^1 and Symbian^2.The hosting will last till the end of March 2011 where Nokia will have already taken full control of Symbian and the content behind it.

We believe that this was actually the best thing to do from the begining but still an action that alienates alot of people that were part of the community. A more gradual move to Nokia's new sites seems to be a better idea but also a much more lengthy process.

We have to also note that this plan may be subject to change at any time. The foundation really wants to provide a better service to their community these last moments so they still examine alternative ways.

In case you want to have access to any of the content on the FTP site, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name and company name (if applicable). For more information read the anouncement at the Symbian Foundation official website.