Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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I had an LG and it already ran Linux...
by rklrkl on Mon 25th Feb 2013 17:01 UTC
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I had an LG TV that actually had the GPL in the user manual and ran Linux too. Quite why they need webOS for their "smart TV" range is beyond me - have fun trying to swipe cards away with the remote control :-)

As Thom says, smart TVs are just pointless - they're not standardised between manufacturers so are heavily fragmented and they often aren't anywhere near as good as hooking a PC or tablet to the TV.

I have a 50" plasma Smart TV from Panasonic and played with it for a few days before hooking up a Revo with wireless keyboard and mouse (and XBMC of course) for a *vastly* superior experience (full desktop Firefox for one thing!).

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