HP Begins Releasing webOS Source Code

Ryan Whitwam

True to its word, HP has officially started releasing the webOS source code. The company said late last year that it would open source the mostly-failed platform so the community could continue to work on it. HP itself has pledged to continue contributing to the project as well. Today’s release included the Enyo application framework, and the rest of the platform will be released over the coming months, with a few surprises along the way.

The version of Enyo released is actually the new 2.0 build. This version is browser independent, allowing developers more freedom in application design. Enyo 1.0 was tied to WebKit. The PC maker plans to apply th Apache 2.0 license to the source code later this month. Next month HP hopes to get The JavaScript core of webOS out, and a standard Linux kernel for webOS in March. Switching to a standard Linux kernel like Android uses will expand device compatibility down the line. The core apps and system manager will be out sometime this summer, culminating with the final Open webOS 1.0 release around September.

HP also says it is still looking at all existing webOS devices to see if updates are feasible. The TouchPad seems sure to live on, but perhaps even Pre, Pixi, and Veer owners have a shot. What do you see in Open webOS’ future?

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