HP's Open webOS 1.0 Now Available

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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  • Hey, actually...not bad. I'm very surprised that it turned out to be that good.
  • HP's Open webOS? Who cares???
  • Watch it be more popular then windows 8 for touch screens. That would be embarassing. lol