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HP gives webOS in the Hands of Open Source

Dec 9 2011, 2:40pm CST | by , in News | Tablets

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HP gives webOS in the Hands of Open Source

The $99 TouchPad just got much more attractive to own.

HP finally made a decision about the future of webOS. HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.

"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."

After all that mess this is most likely the best move by HP to put webOS out there to the open source community. Now webOS has a chance to become a problem for Android on Tablets if the community is picking up webOS and moves it forward.

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 on this page.

Reminder that the last chance to get a $99 TouchPad is this Sunday on eBay. HP will sell refurbished TouchPads at the fire sale prices. More details.

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