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HP makes webOS open-source

Hewlett Packard has finally come to a conclusion for the fate of their ailing WebOS. In the footsteps of rivaling software Android, the company have decided to make WebOS an open-source project. While developer communities are celebrating the decision, much remains to be seen if HP will carry out their commitments as promised.

In a surprising turn of events, computer manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP) has officially declared their mobile platform webOS released for for open-source development. This means that they are taking a similar approach to rivaling operating system (OS) Android, whereby the entire source code of the OS is available to consumers and developers to be modified and improved on. The webOS feature various benefits to different segment of its market. Developers will find applications easy to construct from standard web technologies, while device manufacturers will enjoy the seamless integration to multiple devices with its web-centric platform.

“WebOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP's president and chief executive officer. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”

It is also mentioned that the resulting developments and new versions of the software can be released in the marketplace, suggesting the level at which HP is supporting distributions of open-source enhancements. HP promises to deliver ENYO soon, a Javascript app framework with native hardware acceleration and fast app loading speed, and the rest of the user space elements after that. With yet another open-source program, a healthy dose of competition and consistent innovation will hopefully arise and bring progress to the entire OS ecosystem. 

Source: HP Newsroom

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