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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.

  • hoofhearted
    Most people who have these have converted them to Android.
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  • classzero
    Should have made it free from the start, more people/developers may have supported it on release.
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  • classzero
    hoofheartedMost people who have these have converted them to Android.The article refers to the open OS being released, but yes CM9 is on mine.
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  • the_crippler
    hoofheartedMost people who have these have converted them to Android.
    ...and a lot of those people stopped using it and went back because it was too kludgy.
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  • dhlee528
    the_crippler...and a lot of those people stopped using it and went back because it was too kludgy.
    do you own touchpad?

    I bought 3 (2 for gift) and I love android on my touchpad
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  • the_crippler
    dhlee528do you own touchpad?I bought 3 (2 for gift) and I love android on my touchpad
    I do, in fact. Bought several for friends and family as well.

    I didn't say everyone reverted. I was simply commenting on the "most" statement.
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  • dhlee528
    the_cripplerI do, in fact. Bought several for friends and family as well.I didn't say everyone reverted. I was simply commenting on the "most" statement.
    I'm just saying because I never seen a comment and/or person on CM forum or rootzwiki who converted back to webOS
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  • the_crippler
    There was even a whole thread about it a few weeks ago in the WebOS forums. Something like, "Have you stayed with Android?" There was a good mix in there. Some people that really like it like yourself, others that didn't, and a fair few that use both but found themselves booting into Android less and less. So, my original point remains - sure, there were a lot of people that rushed to switch, but it's hardly all-inclusive and many came back to WebOS

    The OS has some glaring deficiencies in obvious areas (the web browser can be infuriating) but it also has a lot going for it. Too bad HP bungled the marketing of it from the beginning.

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  • the_cripplerThere was even a whole thread about it a few weeks ago in the WebOS forums. Something like, "Have you stayed with Android?" There was a good mix in there. Some people that really like it like yourself, others that didn't, and a fair few that use both but found themselves booting into Android less and less. So, my original point remains - sure, there were a lot of people that rushed to switch, but it's hardly all-inclusive and many came back to WebOSThe OS has some glaring deficiencies in obvious areas (the web browser can be infuriating) but it also has a lot going for it. Too bad HP bungled the marketing of it from the beginning.
    Interesting. I prefer Android to WebOS (haven't switch back to WebOS since I put CM9 on there). I guess its just a matter of preference. For me, I enjoy the vast variety of apps in the Play Store.
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  • the_crippler
    hotsacomanFor me, I enjoy the vast variety of apps in the Play Store.
    That's certainly a biggie. It's a catch 22 - nobody is porting apps over because there's not a big user-base...and there isn't a large user-base because no one's porting apps over.

    It's like Linux, only worse.
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