Last week, HP delivered on a promise that few thought would ever be met; make WebOS fully open source by September 2012. Well, not only did they do it, they are preparing to put a lot of steam behind the project.
We’re Hiring (HP)
When a major corporation like HP puts real financial effort behind an open source project of any kind, there is little to complain about. This is no exception. HP has created 53 jobs in Sunnyvale and Shanghai to make WebOS fly. Nearly all of these jobs are high paying engineering positions.
If you live in Sunnyvale (where the tech jobs are already a-plenty) or Shanghai, this is your chance to work on a unique mobile platform. Whether or not all of these engineering jobs create enough steam to move the train forward is yet to be seen, but WebOS is an innovative platform and deserves a collection of highly skilled engineers to push it to the next level.
While many of these engineers and developers will be picking up where Palm developers left off, we sincerely hope that they will be able to effectively pick up the pieces of Rubenstein’s shattered vision.
The dark-side of these jobs must also be considered. Is HP going to foolishly go after the consumer market again only to fail and be forced into more fire sales? Doubtful. We think it seems clear that HP’s goal here is to create a secure platform that they can sell to corporate environments and government institutions. Who else will compete with Blackberry directly in these space? After all, RIM has had moderate success clearing out their failed consumer device’s inventory in this sector so far. Though the fact the Open WebOS is infact open, ensures that users will be able to select this as an alternative operating system on many devices.
Source | HP Job Board