It's Finally Here: HP Outs webOS 1.0

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News Posted: Fri, Sep 28 2012 3:02 PM
It’s been a long road back from the brink for webOS, but today HP kept its promise about reviving the mobile operating system and unveiled webOS 1.0 just weeks after debuting a beta version.

“Our combined efforts with the community and hard work have paid off, and we are now ready to move on to the next phase together,” the team stated in a blog post. “With this release we have affirmed our commitment to meet our goals and create a vibrant open source community.”

There is now an OpenEmbedded build that runs inside an OE emulator, email, a browser, Enyo2 support, and more. HP says there are more than 75 components built for webOS. webOS can now also be ported to new devices.

Curious? Here’s a demo video:

Look for additional features, including Qt5 / WebKit2, open sourced media and audio components, BlueZ Bluetooth stack, ConnMan network management, and optimized SysMgr rendering architecture, in the coming months.
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Sep 28 2012 7:13 PM

> "Getting WebOS running on this device represents only a few days work from our engineers"

Because it's just another Linux distro, with a custom desktop manager.

> "And we're proud of the fact that WebOS is the only operating system that we know of where a single codebase can be deployed across a range of device..."

"And we hope you don't know that other KDE-based builds have been running on everything from phones to supercomputers for years... and only differ from us in that we put a singular name on ours." Hell, the KDE guys built the Qt libraries that WebOS is using!

A lot of other Linux guys have been all enamored with webOS, and I understand why, but I just don't see the killer feature that's going to make devs and users decide to support it on the primary platform (phones) it targets. Maybe they'll surprise me and find some way I'm not thinking of to exploit the openness of the platform.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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