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HP Releases webOS Community Edition

Separate from the Open webOS project, HP has released webOS Community Edition (WOCE) for use on the failed TouchPad tablet. This first release is based around Luna, the webOS System Manager and GUI, and allows coders to jump right into the webOS user experience in preparation for the upcoming release of Open webOS 1.0.

"With the release of the webOS Community Edition you can now learn how the TouchPad works, modify your TouchPad experience and then apply that learning to Open webOS 1.0 in the future," HP said on Wednesday. "We are excited to empower the community to create custom user experiences on the TouchPad. For example, developers can now modify the card view, launcher, notifications, Just Type and more."

HP said it has been working closely with webOS Internals to release this Community Edition, and to set up a dedicated team -- called WebOS Ports and led by Tom King -- for providing support for legacy TouchPad devices using the webOS Community Edition release. Later HP will support Open webOS 1.0 on well-documented mobile devices with readily available hardware drivers.

"The Community Edition is focused on supporting the TouchPad," HP said. "By contrast, the Open webOS 1.0 release planned for September includes modernized technologies to better enable the community to port webOS to the hardware of their choice, and to integrate open source technologies in areas such as BlueZ bluetooth and GStreamer. No matter which aspect of the platform you care about, webOS will provide options for you."

"We continue to see great progress on all things webOS and are marching forward in meeting our milestones for the 1.0 release," HP added. Open webOS is slated to arrive in September and will feature open source replacements for licensed components that can't be released to the community.

Developers interested in toying with webOS Community Edition can grab the source code here.