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HP to contribute webOS to the open source community

10 December, 2011 | Read the news | Post your comment
HP to contribute webOS to the open source community - read the full textThe long silence regarding webOS has been broken but in a different way than what most people expected. Instead of shutting down the project once and for all, HP has announced that they will be contributing webOS to the open source community. This means that HP will make the underlying...


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  • 2011-12-13 00:46
  • LHfx

How about WebOS ported to a Samsung Wave (S8500) since Android is not getting ported anymore.

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  • 2011-12-12 19:15
  • fqtm

> In reply to kurotsuki @ 2011-12-12 06:23 from KLR9 - click to readwell it is not impossible to make API gateway. For example cygwin gives you UNIX environment directly in windows.

Not to mention that if i had those millions i would make a reward for the first programmer or team of programmers who successfully run Linux on iPad(2). Without breaking structural integrity of the device. :-) (and is not affiliated with any way with Apple ofc)

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  • 2011-12-12 08:23
  • Svec

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-11 13:21 from SgvH - click to readThat's .... depend on the hardware manufactures I'm afraid. Many mobile driver has their own APIs which not compatible one and another which make them not generic. Processor, GPU, wifi, bluetooth, camera, etc. Each of them have their vendor specific driver with no common instruction which gives OS developers headache to make drivers for each of them (in them of OS interchangeability like you said). I do wish someday the mobile world can achieve that though. It's interesting to swap in any OS you like.

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  • 2011-12-12 06:23
  • KLR9

> In reply to nokia boy @ 2011-12-12 00:51 from kAmE - click to readYeah, that and Symbian as well.
Its a shame Nokia killed the world's most popular OS (at least till android came along).
Would have been great if Symbian had been opened up instead of being sold to Accenture.

But in HP's case, I really blame the lack of foresight: they buy an OS for millions of dollars, make all of ONE tablet with it, kill it in a matter of weeks, and then they open source WebOS.

The engineers at Palm must be hopping mad to see their creation go out like this!

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  • 2011-12-12 04:21
  • tRnj

For sure this is way better than the shut down option.

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  • 2011-12-12 03:37
  • L0ur

I've also just noticed that this was the only piece of news coming out for the weekend. Are weekends usually slow news days then, for all tech blogs? If that's the case, the weeks leading up to Christmas really are going to be a week or two of silence on here until CES 2012.

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  • 2011-12-12 01:11
  • 3J6d

Time for nokia to learn something from HP .... instead of stopping meego ... they could have open sourced it.

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  • 2011-12-12 00:51
  • kAmE

Hmm...this could be interesting, but with HP thier direction are that they will probably carry on the WEB-OS onto the tablet market in 2013....totally ruling out any role for the smartphone platform. Just hope HTC can adopt Web OS.

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  • 2011-12-12 00:01
  • 3J6d

now its time for it to be ported to N900. Im sure maemo community will port it to N900. Long Live N900 and Maemo Community

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  • 2011-12-11 15:52
  • 2Twm

Open sauce, the sauce boss must be proud...

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  • 2011-12-11 14:40
  • u7m9

Phones need to be more like desktops, the ability to swap OS's.

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  • 2011-12-11 13:21
  • SgvH

> In reply to danny @ 2011-12-10 19:22 from 0Ub6 - click to too :)

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  • 2011-12-11 12:48
  • 2@c8

hey i see the sauce too..
wonder what its source is?

on a serious note don't you find it odd that once you see your ship drowning you declare it open source and the pirates come sailing for the loot..if any..

no offence to any party here..

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  • 2011-12-11 12:37
  • t}dJ

nice ui...

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  • 2011-12-11 12:31
  • PRWW

I really strongly wish that Sony (Ericsson) will pick it too. Although if they do they will take a long time to release a webOS device but I really really like this OS and if it comes with Sony (Ericsson) I am so not holding back.

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  • 2011-12-11 12:29
  • sUv$

> In reply to danny @ 2011-12-10 19:22 from 0Ub6 - click to readHa-ha, no you aren't

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  • 2011-12-11 12:15
  • pKbN

Good now we can dual boot android with webos

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  • 2011-12-11 09:48
  • vG6t
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> In reply to hi @ 2011-12-10 16:29 from Lh@5 - click to readWhy are you waiting on XDA? Can't do it yourself yet you're using Android for which people claim is for techies? Go program Web OS and Android together yourself and don't wait on XDA for all your phone needs.

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  • 2011-12-11 06:39
  • jxxN
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The same move of Android...hmmm let's see but looks like a new OS has been born for developers....Open.

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  • 2011-12-11 02:11
  • LuNm

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