HP's webOS to be available under open source

- Monday, December 12, 2011

HP's webOS to be available under open source

HP (NYSE: HPQ) will make the underlying code of mobile operating system webOS available under an open source license, the company said in a statement.

This will allow developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers to deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions of webOS software in the marketplace.

The project's goal is to accelerate the webOS platform's open development.

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"webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable," said HP president and CEO Meg Whitman. "By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices."

HP also will release Enyo, the application framework for webOS, to the open source community in the near future, along with a plan for the remaining components of the user space.

Earlier this year, HP launched the system with the idea to include it in every gadget that might connect to HP's cloud services. But later - in the midst of a strategy crisis under then-CEO Leo Apotheker, which included the proposed spinoff of the company's PC division, webOS included - the company said it would wind down the webOS device business.

In September, the computer giant ousted Apotheker and appointed Whitman, who has since strived to bring stability back to HP, including the announcement that the company will continue with its PC division and webOS.