• HP to Keep webOS, Make it Open Source

    HP to enable creativity of the community to accelerate the next-generation web-centric platform

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 9, 2011 – HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.

    HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices.

    webOS offers a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications. For developers, applications can be easily built using standard web technologies. In addition, its single integrated stack offers multiplatform portability. For device manufacturers, it provides a single web-centric platform to run across multiple devices. As a result, the end user benefits from a fast, immersive user experience.

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

    HP will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license. Developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers can deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions into the marketplace.

    HP will engage the open source community to help define the charter of the open source project under a set of operating principles: 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.

    Beginning today, developers and customers are invited to provide input and suggestions at http://developer.palm.com/blog/.

    HP | Forum discussion
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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. formercanuck's Avatar
      formercanuck -
      At least this 'may' open the door for some competition outside of iOS and Android.
    1. harinder singh's Avatar
      harinder singh -
      Well the major reason for the success of android is due to its open source approach where anyone can contribute towards the development of the product. Now HP also using the same methodology. Actually people like this approach because they can see the thing in the product what they want to see.
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    1. Steve Punter's Avatar
      Steve Punter -
      Android also flourished because it became available on many different devices. The future of WebOS depends largely upon how many manufacturers bother to pick it up and run with it. Even then, look at Windows Phone 7. It's available on countless devices from a variety of manufacturers, but it's still languishing at the low end of the market and it's market penetration continues to drop slowly.

      All that HP has done here is to throw WebOS into the wild in hopes that it will survive. That's certainly better than what everyone THOUGHT they were going to do with it, which was completely wipe it from the face of the earth.

      There is some hope that it will take off and at least complete with Microsoft and RIM at the low end of the market, but only time will tell.
    1. Sam73065's Avatar
      Sam73065 -
      Well if HP can keep it's hands off and not add any more creative thoughts to the process, esp on the marketing side, then WebOS may have a chance..... just depends on how bad HP screws up the change to open source.... They've already proven their ability to screw up is equal to that of Netflix and ATTM ceo's....
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Nokia tried open sourcing Symbian a few years back and didn't really go anywhere. Granted, WebOS is a more compelling Smartphone OS but given how competitive the market is now I'd say the ship has probably sailed. That said, best of luck to WebOS, I really hope things work out.
    1. primetechv2's Avatar
      primetechv2 -
      If HP can bring back the TouchPad to some degree, they might have a fighting chance with Apple. This is because, well, the TouchPad didn't actually suck. But unless they really pushed their OS, and made it open and competitive enough, they won't really get anywhere.
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