HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

Summary: 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."

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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HP originally made the announcement in December that webOS would go open source, although that revelation was met with a lot of skepticism, to say the least.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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Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS, Open Source, Operating Systems

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  • I want to see HP's timeline for getting real leadership and making money

    I doubt that is coming anytime soon.
    otaddy
  • RE: HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

    This is last resort move to try reviving the OS and get some traction before ultimately killing it.
    Why would it succeed when Android is playing in the same league?
    TheCyberKnight
    • A few reasons

      @TheCyberKnight

      1.) depending on the license, it may be more open than Android is.
      2.) some people have a certain level of distrust for Google.
      3.) its lower system requirements may be an incentive to port it to older, aging hardware (my HTC HD2 would be a noteworthy example).
      4.) If things go as south as you predict (and in likelihood will go; the question is more 'how fast' than 'if'), HP can point to the community and throw them under the bus for fire sale Touchpad support.
      5.) It might make selling WebOS as a platform something they could do for Microsoft or Nokia or HTC or Samsung as a means of getting a better price for it, akin to Oracle buying MySQL.

      Joey
      voyager529
    • RE: HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

      @TheCyberKnight IMO, webOS is a better operating system than Android. I have an Android phone and a Touchpad, and I hope that someone will port webOS to my phone, if that possible at all.
      mikeonaft
      • doesnt matter

        @mikeonaft Android and IOS have the momentum now and Android is just good enough. Perhaps WP7 will make a dent and maybe there is room for webOS, but I doubt it.

        HP is fumbling around where MS is making a dedicated effort instead of relying on "the community" to do all of the heavy lifting.
        otaddy
    • RE: HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

      @TheCyberKnight IMO, webOS is a better operating system than Android. I have an Android phone and a Touchpad, and I hope that someone will port webOS to my phone, if that possible at all.
      mikeonaft
    • RE: HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

      @TheCyberKnight Device makers don't like being beholden to one company (Google) and are looking for an alternative as leverage. Developers are also going to be encouraged to work on a project that is really open; Android is developed behind closed doors by Google and the source code is only released later on so the general community doesn't directly contribute to it.
      jgm@...
    • RE: HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

      @TheCyberKnight

      There are features of webOS that simply aren't in any other mobile OS. The fact that it's a true multitasking OS comes to mind. The cards metaphor for running programs is awesome and makes it easy to switch among running programs. Maybe Android can pick up a thing or two from webOS?

      The one thing that would make webOS instantly acceptable is if it could run Android apps. With Android Market on a webOS platform and the ability to run those apps, who knows how many will adopt webOS.
      benched42
    • RE: HP publishes timeline for making webOS open source

      @TheCyberKnight
      Because all Google apps and services are intrinsically spyware. That is Google's business model. They could not give everything away if they were not building a profile on each user to sell to advertisers.
      jorjitop