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 DigitalBob
by cmchittom on Fri 19th Aug 2011 17:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by DigitalBob"
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If the WebOS platform cease to be developed, I hope HP will have the decency to open the bootloaders of their devices and provide open source drivers.

What does decency have to do with it? If you bought a WebOS device, you got exactly what you paid for, closed software and all. Unless you have a contract that contains on-going updates and support, HP has fulfilled all of its obligations to you.

It would of course be useful for them to open source those things. They just have no moral (Dr. Stallman and the FSF would disagree of course, but if you agree with them, why buy a TouchPad in the first place?), legal, or ethical obligation to do so.

Edited 2011-08-19 17:04 UTC

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