Symbian builds proof of concept Netbook OS

The Symbian Foundation has demonstrated a prototype Netbook running its Symbian S60 mobile operating system.

The Symbian Foundation has demonstrated a prototype Netbook running its Symbian S60 mobile operating system.

According to Lee Williams in a blog posting on Symbian blog, a team from the SOSCO (S60 on Symbian Customer Operations) has ported Symbian onto an off-the-shelf Atom-based motherboard from Intel.

"It would be most interesting to see what level of interest we can generate in this port, especially if that includes some major business partners willing to come in and invest in the development of a product, and one that enables some differentiators to come to market for consumers."

Symbian said it hoped the project would not attempt to replicate the PC Netbook model. "Instead it should really showcase the power of our code base, and an ecosystem of highly skilled providers of mobile technology."

Although technically possible to run Netbooks with the Symbian OS, a commentator on the blog, noted, "Making an OS port to another hardware [platform] is a relatively simple task. The difficult part comes after that. None of the upper layers was designed to be portable. There are huge amounts of work needed to simply make the user interface scale to bigger screens. Almost all of the applications would need a rewrite. And after that, let's be honest, nobody would want to use S60 applications on a non-phone device."

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