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HP to release WebOS as open source software

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, December 9, 2011
News Categories: Digital Media

HP today announced that it will contribue its webOS software to the open source community. WebOS is a mobile operating system that debuted on the Palm Pre prior to the company being acquired by HP, and also served as the OS for HP’s TouchPad tablet. HP will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license, and promises to be an “active participant and investor” in the project going forward, with the ENYO application framework to be released to the community in the “near future”.

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1

They couldn’t sell it, so they’re giving it away.

Isn’t that why they fired the last guy?

Posted by Dick Bacon on December 10, 2011 at 5:40 AM (PDT)

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Great move. This will push some standardization behavior in the tablet market as there are too many competing OS. Maybe this will create some realistic competition that will push Apple.

I use Apple in a corporate/enterprise environment and not being able to view some applications side-by-side is a disadvantage when compared to a standard OS like Windows or MacOS. I was in an executive briefing last week and 50% of people who brought a device brought in iPad.

Posted by drakebullet on December 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM (PDT)

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nice news thanks

Posted by Jack Simon on December 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM (PDT)

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