Nokia Cutting 10,000 Jobs and Linux R&D Department

Just this week, former pioneering cellular phone company Nokia, announced that it will be slashing 10,000 jobs from its plant in Finland. Or the plant itself could possibly close. In addition to the job losses, Nokia also announced they would be dropping their Linux Research and Development section, known as Project Meltemi.

Project Meltemi was aimed at developing a smartphone that would be cheaper than both Android and Windows based smartphones.

I would think a lot of this decision would be influenced by Nokia’s partnership with software giant, Microsoft.

Nokia claim they will still be supporting and working on their other low-end operating system for budget cellular phones, the OS Series 30 and Series 40.

  • aiphee

    What about QT a QT Creator?

  • GreyGeek77

    @aiphee:disqus ,
    “The Foundation has a license agreement with Nokia. This agreement ensures that the Qt will continue to be available under both the LGPL 2.1 and the GPL 3.   Should Nokia discontinue the development of the Qt Free Edition under these licenses, then the Foundation has the right to release Qt under a BSD-style license or under other open source licenses. The agreement stays valid in case of a buy-out, a merger or bankruptcy.”

  • Aaron Honeycutt

    My first fear was for Qt but seems they have thought at all the possible endings.