HP: webOS Will Be Fully Open-Sourced By September

On Wednesday, HP released a schedule showing the company's plan to make its webOS source code available under the open source Apache License, Version 2.0.

For the uninitiated, the Apache License, Version 2.0 is typically used to govern contributions to open source software projects. According to HP, it provides a legal framework that balances open innovation and a dependable user experience, which is consistent with the company's vision for webOS.

Over the first half of the year, HP will make individual elements of the source code available, ranging from core applications like Mail and Calendar to its Linux kernel. HP will kick things off by releasing the source code for Enyo along with the Enyo 2.0 developer tool, and by September, the full code base will be contributed to the open source community.

"Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop web browsers, from the webOS, iOS and Android platforms to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers -- and more," HP said in a press release. "The source code for Enyo is available today, giving the open source community immediate access to the acclaimed application framework for webOS."

Here's the schedule, provided by HP:

Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code
Apache License, Version 2.0

Intended project governance model
QT WebKit extensions
JavaScript core
UI Enyo widgets

Linux standard kernel
Graphics extensions EGL
USB extensions

Ares 2.0
Enyo 2.1
Node services

System manager ("Luna")
System manager bus
Core applications
Enyo 2.2

Build release model
Open webOS Beta

Open webOS 1.0

"HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community," said Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, HP. "This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform's development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications."

For more about Enyo and the source code itself, head here.

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  • joytech22
    Why over so many months?
    Doesn't it just take one upload and boom open-sourced?

    Or am I missing something here..
    Can someone explain please? :\
  • LuckyDucky7
    Great! Can't wait.
    Hopefully independent developers can do what HP could not in terms of bug fixing and other functionality like that.

    Eventually, I'd love to see a port to other devices; since multitasking is handled far better than Apple or Android devices can muster with the cards and the stock apps are also better (one e-mail account for Android? Give me a break!)- WebOS is the only tablet OS I know of (with the possible exception of Windows 8) that can actually run two applications at once.
    For example, I can listen to something on a web page (i.e. a YouTube video) and check e-mail at the same time.

    The thing that I'd really like to see is more virtualization, though. A stock Linux environment can already be produced on this tablet via chroot; I don't see the reason (now that the firmware is open-source it should be a simple matter to remove the security restrictions and allow other things to run in a card, like, say, Android 4.0).

    If only we had more lower-cost webOS tablets that actually worked; though I assume that will come in time since tablet applications aren't all that sophisticated. Selling them at netbook prices keeping in mind their limitations... bundled with a keyboard and Linux environment instantly makes them a REAL computer for REAL work (unlike machines that fake it like the Acer Iconia A500, ASUS Transformer, and Lenovo ThinkPad tablet, among others).

    WebOS's design is just better but it's so kneecapped in its current form.
    Just like desktop Linux is: let's hope that we don't get the fragmentation so characteristic of that design.
  • Anonymous
    Yes...because then every month we will see headlines such as "HP releases xxx" and it will look like it's HP and not the Open source community that's is actually doing something. This sentence says it all

    "This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform's development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications."

    "Our goal" even when it's expected that others will push forwards development of the OS...

    Obla di obla da life goes on bra...