HP to open source webOS

HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community. HP’s press release follows, verbatim:

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.

Source: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

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  2. Alternative to Android. I expect Amazon to transition to WebOS for their future tablets, instead of continuing to do highly customized versions of old Android releases.

    1. I’m gleefully looking forward to watching as the hardcore open-source types start migrating to webOS, to get away from Android’s “not really open” nature. The effect on Google should be rather interesting, as they’ll no longer have the automatic echo chamber of the open source crowd.

      If webOS’s open source license is genuinely open, then the open-source supporters will no longer have to rationalize sticking with Android, and will no longer need to back Google as the “least evil” option from their point of view.

      1. This is a great opportunity for OEM’s if HP lets any manufacturer use WebOS, like Android.

        In-spite of the statements the CEO’s made, the Google-Motorola and MS-Nokia deals must have bothered them.

  3. This is HP’s backup plan incase Windows 8 tablets fail. They will continue to develop webOS, ready to deploy new devices in 2013 if Microsoft can’t rescue the industry from the big bad iPad next year.

  4. Open source? Think of the chaos that would ensue if cars, instead of being built in consistent ways by factors, were just given to you as a collection of parts in boxes for you to assemble.

    A tiny percentage would be works of art, the vast majority would end up as “basket cases’ never to see the light of day in any useable form.

    Go ahead, feel free.

    1. Not a very precise analogy, since most users of open source resources do not actually do the “assembly.”

      In the case of WebOS, a hardware maker would take WebOS, customize it as needed, and use it in their hardware product. We (the end users) would buy the fully functional hardware product (if its any good).

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