HP’s webOS Goes Open Source

In an effort to salvage what is left from their TouchPad market, HP tries to keep their platform alive. That is, keeping the platform alive on the software side of things. There is no mention of pushing out any new hardware that utilizes webOS. Meg Whitman, the current president and chief executive officer (CEO) at HP, said the following in a press statement earlier today:

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.

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 developer.palm.com/blog/

Source: Dailytech.com