Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Major bombshell, and sorry, but this certainly requires a breaking tag as well: HP has announced it is discontinuing operations for webOS devices - effective immediately. Just like that... The TouchPad and Pre 3 are dead. Eh. Raise your hands if this brings back those painful memories of that infamous 'Focus Shift'. In addition, the company also announced its intention to sell its personal computer business.
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RE: Comment by motang
by runjorel on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by motang"
runjorel
Member since:
2009-02-09

I second that. Or at least open source it!!!

Maybe I am a little biased but my first smart phone was a pre. I then went to Android, then went to iOS, and then back to Android. Apps aside, WebOS to me has been by far the best OS. Multitasking, notifications, synergy, and just type are all things that I want and miss the heck out of a mobile OS. The lack of apps hurts a lot, don't get me wrong, but I still think WebOS is superior.

I am in just total disbelief. I knew WebOS products weren't going to kill iOS marketshare, but dang I didn't think it would die so quickly.

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RE[2]: Comment by motang
by ultrabill on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by motang"
ultrabill Member since:
2008-08-07

I second that. Or at least open source it!!!

Isn't webOS already open source ?
Just have a look at this : http://opensource.palm.com/packages.html

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RE[3]: Comment by motang
by aodash on Fri 19th Aug 2011 01:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by motang"
aodash Member since:
2011-05-24

Under the hood is open source, however I believe that Luna is closed source.

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RE[3]: Comment by motang
by Morgan on Fri 19th Aug 2011 01:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by motang"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Only the bits that were borrowed, and already under an open source license. The bulk of those packages are also in your GNU/Linux distro of choice. There's a lot of code in the production release of WebOS that is locked down by copyright and patents, that would prevent the community from making a full fork.

That said, I'd love to see it happen! What little I've seen of the interface alone is stunning, and the only reason I never went WebOS was because my carrier (T-Mobile) didn't. There was some talk about it last year, but it never came to fruition.

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