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HP's Open webOS 1.0 Now Available

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As promised, HP has delivered Open webOS 1.0 with just a few days to spare.

As promised, HP has released Open webOS 1.0, the first open source version of the webOS operating system the company acquired after assimilating Palm back in 2010. This full-blown release arrives just over a year after HP killed its smartphone and tablet plans, and announced that webOS would become an open source platform by September 2012.

"Our combined efforts with the community and hard work have paid off, and we are now ready to move on to the next phase together," the Open webOS team writes. "With this release, we have affirmed our commitment to meet our goals and create a vibrant open source community."

Open webOS 1.0 arrives with an OpenEmbedded build that allows a full webOS experience running inside an OE emulator. Core apps like email and a web browser have been added, as well as support for Enyo2. Users can now take apps built on "one of the best cross-platform JavaScript frameworks" and easily run these same apps on Open webOS or other platforms, the team said.

"Combining today’s components with those from the previous releases, Open webOS can now be ported to new devices," the update states. "We expect to have more Open webOS port announcements in the future, and will work with the community to deliver updates."

Over the coming months, the team plans to enhance Open webOS with features like Qt5 / WebKit2, open sourced media and audio components, the BlueZ Bluetooth stack, ConnMan network management, and optimized SysMgr rendering architecture.

"By using the build framework for embedded Linux, the Yocto Project with OpenEmbedded-Core, Open webOS is poised to deliver an open source build environment that developers will thrive from. Open webOS continues to hit its milestones, and we expect the community around the project to continue to grow," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. "All the right tools are in place."

The source code for Open webOS can be found in Open webOS repositories on GitHub. The team's Chief Architect, Steve Winston, demonstrates the first Open webOS port to an HP device in the video below.

Open webOS Demo on HP TouchSmart PC

 

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    master_chen , September 28, 2012 11:53 PM
    Hey, actually...not bad. I'm very surprised that it turned out to be that good.
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    cesar44 , September 29, 2012 12:16 AM
    HP's Open webOS? Who cares???
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    SteelCity1981 , September 29, 2012 1:13 AM
    Watch it be more popular then windows 8 for touch screens. That would be embarassing. lol
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    benji720 , September 29, 2012 3:30 AM
    cesar44HP's Open webOS? Who cares???

    People who like awesome free alternatives. People who want to try something interesting. People that read this site?
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    phatboe , September 29, 2012 4:37 AM
    Since Open WebOS 1.0 doesn't work on the HP touchpad are there any tablets or phones which can run this OS or can it only be run through emulation on a PC?
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    shqtth , September 29, 2012 7:14 AM
    Pointless to go opensouce for WebOS, unless you want Android/Google to steel the features (like they did to Enyo)
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    digiex , September 29, 2012 10:44 AM
    Whoa, an Android alternative, nice HP.
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    christarp , September 29, 2012 10:46 AM
    This looks so bad. The entire OS runs at like 6 fps and hardly looks designed with multiple resolutions in mind.
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    daglesj , September 29, 2012 11:48 AM
    phatboeSince Open WebOS 1.0 doesn't work on the HP touchpad are there any tablets or phones which can run this OS or can it only be run through emulation on a PC?



    Thats the dozy right there. You cant put it on existing WebOS devices...so whats the point of installing yet another version of a OS that has zero traction.

    It's mere distraction.

    And before you all pile on me I am a Pre2 owner that feels WebOS really should have been the mobile OS winner as its far better to use than the others. But as it got dumped twice I wouldnt go there again.

    Back buttons are retarded!
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    wemakeourfuture , September 29, 2012 2:50 PM
    cesar44HP's Open webOS? Who cares???


    1. Android is being a problematic OS for phone makers
    i. Google has their own brands and now owns Motorola which is a conflict for hardware companies
    ii. Android has all sorts of patent issues, so many that Microsoft makes $1 billion from hardware makers that they say violate their patents
    2. Windows 8 for phone makers is problematic since Microsoft is already committed to the surface tablet what's to say they won't go into phones plus they have a special 'partner' with Nokia which is troublesome to manufacturers. Plus windows mobile OS tend to be the most expensive
    3. iOS is only for Apple so hardware makers can't use this (obviously)
    4. Manufacturers have tried their own Mobile OS and have not faired we'll. (ex. Samsung Bada)
    5. WebOS provides an alternative that may be free of patent and legal issue, only issue is possibility P will get back into mobile and compete with other webOS products
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    back_by_demand , September 29, 2012 8:57 PM
    Time will tell for this, now it is open source will it suffer the same level of fragmentation that plagues Linux? Not that I am against alternatives, but unless correctly focused this could fall way behind
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    shin0bi272 , September 29, 2012 9:03 PM
    If they enabled mouse use on it and got rid of that stupid bottom task bar to stop a program it would be ok. Right now it looks like they took an iPhone knock off OS and put it on a touch screen pc.
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    belardo , September 30, 2012 11:27 AM
    It actually looks more functional than Win8 Metro.

    wemakeourfuture1. Android is being a problematic OS for phone makers i. Google has their own brands and now owns Motorola which is a conflict for hardware companies
    ii. Android has all sorts of patent issues, so many that Microsoft makes $1 billion from hardware makers that they say violate their patents2.
    Its possible for Open WebOS to get caught up in a patent issue. I don't know if there really is any code in Android that has MS code. (Like MS never stole before) - MS threaten to sue and once 1-2 companies caved in, it kind of validates MS's position. Keep in mind, Google has 17,000 Motorola patents and has already fired a valid shot at Apple... you can bet that MS could find itself punched back.

    The Google/Motorola party is not an issue with Samsung, HTC, and others. Motorola was already a competitor. The purchase of Motorola was to protect Android and therefore Samsung, HTC, etc. My purchase of a Motorola phone had nothing to do with Google buying them out.
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    xyster , October 1, 2012 12:50 AM
    i really did like my HP touchpad with webOS, but the OS is so far behind the pack now it is hard to imagine that it will ever catch up. It needs not just a strong app ecosystem now, but it also needs device/driver support that will allow people to switch their current devices over. It has neither right now.
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