HP to Open Source webOS

HP to Open Source webOS

A month after new HP CEO Meg Whitman told the world she needed more time to figure out what the company would do with webOS, the decision has been made. HP will open source the mobile operating system.

However, HP isn’t simply dumping webOS; the company will continue to back the project with (a certain amount of) its resources, but it hopes that the open source community can still make something of it. Presumably, if and when something potentially lucrative comes of it, HP will still be in a position to benefit.

“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,” said Whitman in a press release.



This decision is about as fair as it can be. HP is choking on the massive losses it absorbed after dropping $1.2 billion to acquire webOS’ original developer Palm and rolling out several failed webOS-based devices, so the company isn’t going to throw (much more) good money after bad. At the same time, webOS was mostly well-liked, and it deserves a chance to survive under different circumstances.

That’s not to say that webOS is especially likely to find a new foothold in the mobile market. In that hyper-competitive space, plenty of otherwise solid products last but a moment, so there’s no reason to think that webOS will suddenly make a resurgence without the full backing of a big tech company.

Still, stranger things have happened.
Via: HP | News Archive | Tags: HP, webOS
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This is good; Android is likely to gain a new competitor and if the WebOS community is as vibrant as I think it is then we should soon start seeing devices with WebOS on them in the near future, and not just bad devices but really good premium devices. At least I hope it gets off the ground, there are tons of people who love WebOS and WebOS really shouldn't go to waste after all of the time the now dead Palm spent on it.

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"Told you so. I'm sure there will be several groups of programmers and companies that will breath new life to webOS. It will be a rough road ahead though."

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this is the best thing that could have happened. HP still gets to make money and WebOS stays alive. Just need to see if Devs want to actually work on it.

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This is great news. I think the open source community will jump all over a project such as this. Let's see what kind of things they can come up with. It would have been ashame for this product to go to the dead letter department.

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This is interesting as really without the open community there is no reason for this to be happening on top of that it also has the be because of a specific WebOS community as well ad then HP too! Thos my friends are rather strange bedfellows really!

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It will be interesting to see what the open source guys will do with this.

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WebOS was a good system in my opinion, I just feel HP didn't have the right timing/treatment/strategy with regards to it. Poor Palm, I remember when the Treo was the phone to have.

I'm sure it will have some sort of revival now that it'll be open source. After all, look at how Android(another open source) is doing.

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Good for WebOS.

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This will probably help webOS in the end. And those with touch pads will be the real winners! 

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