HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

HP execs explain that the shift to commit webOS to open source is a "decisive step" towards meeting its "goal of accelerating the platform's development."

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it will publish the source code of webOS under an open source license by the end of this September.

HP originally made the announcement in December that webOS would go open source, although that revelation was met with a lot of skepticism, to say the least.

Nevertheless, here's a look at the expected timeline of releases:

  • January: Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code; Apache License, Version 2.0
  • February: Intended project governance model; QT WebKit extensions; JavaScript core; UI Enyo widgets
  • March:  Linux standard kernel; Graphics extensions EGL; LevelDB; USB extensions
  • April: Ares 2.0; Enyo 2.1; Node services
  • July: System manager ("Luna"); System manager bus; Core applications; Enyo 2.2
  • August: Build release model; Open webOS Beta
  • September: Open webOS 1.0

HP's chief strategy officer Bill Veghte explained in a statement that this is "a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform's development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications."

One of the hopes that goes into HP's goal with webOS is that making it open source will encourage both hardware and software developers to "build a new generation of applications and devices." But we also know it is in an effort to salvage the platform and whatever is left of it after HP spent $1.2 billion to buy Palm.

But today, HP is also releasing version 2.0 of Enyo, the webOS developer's tool that enables users to write a single application that supported across mobile devices and desktop web browsers besides those running on webOS, such as iOS and Android platforms.

Granted that the source code for Enyo is available today, thus, developers also now have access to get ready for the application framework for webOS.

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