When HP named Meg Whitman the new CEO earlier this year, she wasted little time in firmly reversing the course set by Leo Apotheker, her predecessor, and declaring that the company would be keeping its PC business after all. WebOS, however, was a different matter. Whitman’s dragged her feet making a call about the black sheep operating system, leading to intense speculation. Will she sell WebOS? Kill it? Keep it? Turns out the answer as D) None of the above. Today, HP announced that WebOS is going open source.
ENYO, WebOS’s application framework, will also be open-sourced before long, the company announced. HP invites devs and users to start leaving feedback at the
WebOS Developer Blog
“WebOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” Meg Whitman said in the company’s press release . “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”
Well, this came out of left field. Any thoughts? Do you think WebOS will thrive as an open-source, licensing fee-free operating system, or is just one last twitch before it dies quietly in the corner of the tech world?