Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 02:41 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Editorial The more I look at what HP has had to say about webOS; the more I think the project's as dead as a doornail.
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What's the worry?
by whartung on Tue 13th Dec 2011 17:38 UTC
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The fact that HP doesn't have some detailed pubic plan is no surprise. How can they? This was just an announcement of intent, likely as much to appease and inform the people inside of HP as well as outside.

As we all know, they can't just drag and drop the webos.tar.gz file to git hub and call it a day. They have to go through a vetting process, look for IP conflicts, clean up license headers, etc. etc.

Remember all the nay sayers when Sun announced Solaris going OSS, and remember how long that took. But it happened. As far as a process of OSSing a large, proprietary source code base, OpenSolaris was greatly successful -- it's out. That horse is out of the barn with the cat in one hand and bag in the other. The ultimate success, popularity, etc. of Open Source Solaris is unrelated to the process it took to get it out and released.

HP sounds serious. Even better, when they release this, it will give hardware makers MORE incentive to have "more open" hardware. "White box" tablets etc. that can run both Android and WebOS.

Inevitably, we'll likely be stuck with binary blob drivers. But it's a start, and the blob drivers are related directly to the hardware choices made by the manufacturers. The tablet market is hardly mature enough to be a commodity market yet, both on the hardware and software level as developers strive to balance performance, form factor, battery life, costs and components.

As far as WebOS, we'll know in a year -- they seem to have a pretty aggressive schedule they've announced, and much of it is already open source which should accelerate things. But it's not dead yet. It's not even alive, how can it be dead?

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