Nokia's recent announcement that it will joint the Linux Foundation and release an SDK that extends its S60 smartphone platform to the Linux community is just the latest example of the future of open source in wireless design.
Don't expect Nokia to back off its long-lasting and strong relationship with Symbian, however. It's a virtual certainty that Symbian has known Nokia's intent for awhile and that it is positioning itself for some sort of Linux strategy.
The writing is on the wall, however, that the point of competition in future handheld, wireless devices will be software. And the more third-party software developers Nokia can sign up, the stronger its position will be.
That includes Symbian developers.