After Dec 17, the Symbian Foundation retains only a skeleton crew tasked with shutting down operations.
Nokia's representative made the following points about their plans for Symbian going forward:
- The Symbian platform remains business critical to Nokia and their estimate of selling >50m S^3-based devices still holds
- Nokia plan to develop the Symbian platform further
- Nokia are looking at an alternate open and direct model for making the platform available to the community in future. The aim is that the model "will be no less open, free and flexible" than today's
For the stuff that a theoretical community can legally pick up, they're free to do so independently, but I have no idea why the hell anyone would work on this crap for free.
The major changes that happened at Qt (namely the LGPL release and dropping copyright assignment) are a direct result of getting paid by Nokia to make software instead of selling it.