AfterDawn: Tech news

WebOS goes open source

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Dec 2011 3:09 User comments (4)

WebOS goes open source HP has said today that it will be donating its webOS software to the open source community, just 20 months after purchasing Palm and webOS for $1.2 billion.
The company says it will remain active in the development and support of the operating system and hope that adding community support will certainly help the software survive for new generations of hardware.

Says the press release:

webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable. By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.


The underlying code of webOS will be available now with an open source license and devs, HP, hardware manufacturers and partners can start tweaking.



Concluding, new CEO Meg Whitman posted some bullet points:

The goal of the project is to accelerate the open development of the webOS platform
HP will be an active participant and investor in the project
Good, transparent and inclusive governance to avoid fragmentation
Software will be provided as a pure open source project
HP also will contribute ENYO, the application framework for webOS, to the community in the near future along with a plan for the remaining components of the user space.


Check updates here: http://developer.palm.com/blog/.

Previous Next  

4 user comments

19.12.2011 15:34

Some potential here, but only time will tell. I hope this bring allot of programs.


Custom Computer rebuild 2.80GHZ@6cores/8GBRAM|3DS | WII|360|PS3|

29.12.2011 17:52

Sounds great to me, this should be help the touchpad to get more apps now.



39.12.2011 20:56

At least WebOS didn't get killed off like Unix did. HP made a smart and courageous decision.

410.12.2011 01:50

Originally posted by biglo30:
Sounds great to me, this should be help the touchpad to get more apps now.
You already have android, what more could you want???

Originally posted by ivymike:
At least WebOS didn't get killed off like Unix did. HP made a smart and courageous decision.
There really isn't anything of value here. They are just trying to make this a semi-viable OS so they can make a little bit of money on devices that use it. It isn't as good as Android and making it open source isn't going to fix that.

I support open source, and I am not trying to complain or anything...but as far as I am concerned, this is like making Windows 3.1 open source...a nice touch, but nothing of any real value.


Comments have been disabled for this article.

Latest news

Guide: How to Kick Unwanted Guests from Your Netflix Account Guide: How to Kick Unwanted Guests from Your Netflix Account (26 Jan 2023 2:14)
Sharing a Netflix account with a person in a different location is possible and indeed very common, although the company doesn't necessarily enjoy this behavior from their customers. However, ....
1 user comment
Guide: Turn an Old Computer Into a Chromebook Easily and for Free Guide: Turn an Old Computer Into a Chromebook Easily and for Free (07 Jan 2023 2:11)
Do you know someone whose computer is way beyond its best-before date, and they, unfortunately, do know have the skills or the expertise to do much about it? Or do you own a pile of old laptop ....
3 user comments
How to Choose a Robot Vacuum? How to Choose a Robot Vacuum? (07 Jan 2023 9:12)
Robot vacuums are meant to make day-to-day life easier in several ways. When they are used efficiently, they can keep the house clean continuously - at least when it comes to floors. In addition, ....
4 user comments
Tech year 2022 wrapped up: The rise of the AI, EU to become the much-needed counterweight to tech giants, ... Tech year 2022 wrapped up: The rise of the AI, EU to become the much-needed counterweight to tech giants, ... (01 Jan 2023 2:11)
AfterDawn's wrap-up for the tech year 2022. The rise of the artificial intelligence was probably the most significant change that occurred during the year 2022, but there were many other interesting developments, too.
2 user comments
OPPO to follow Samsung, OnePlus: Promises 4 Android updates, 5 years of patches for upcoming flagships OPPO to follow Samsung, OnePlus: Promises 4 Android updates, 5 years of patches for upcoming flagships (21 Dec 2022 3:45)
OPPO has updated its official Android update policy. Phone manufacturer now promises four major Android operating system updates for its new flagship phones.
4 user comments

News archive