Open WebOS Keeps Promise, Delivers 1.0!


HP Fulfills A Deep, Magical Promise

The Open WebOS project announced today via its blog the immediate availability of WebOS 1.0.  Today is a major win for Open Source as many — including us — were not so fast to trust HP to deliver on the promise of a September release.  At the same time, many have been slow to trust the words of Meg Whitman — including us –, because they are typically ridiculous.

The blog touts the following regarding version 1.0:

We now have an OpenEmbeddedbuild that allows a full webOS experience running inside an OE emulator. We have added core applications — email & browser — while continuing to support the desktop build environment.

The 1.0 release also brings support for Enyo2. You 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.

In the past 9 months, we have delivered over 75 Open webOS components. This totals over 450,000 lines of code. (Can I get a hell yeah!). The source code for Open webOS can be found in Open webOS repositories on GitHub.

 As one of WebOS’s earliest users, I’m excited for an opportunity to get back to the platform.  Is this just the lingering postmortem of WebOS, or is this the beginning of a bright future for HP and the community at large.

Only time will tell.  But the blog post does give a glimpse into the future of the project:

The future

We will continue to innovate and develop for Open webOS over the coming months, including the following planned enhancements:

  • Qt5 / WebKit2
  • Open sourced media and audio components
  • BlueZ Bluetooth stack
  • ConnMan network management
  • Optimized SysMgr rendering architecture

Come join in the chatter on our mailing list and forums; your collaboration is encouraged.

Check out the WebOS introduction video below:


Source | WebOS Blog

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Tom Nardi

    Well, he certainly looks excited about the project.