Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2011 19:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Heck yes. This is one fine way to toast the weekend, ain't it? HP has just announced it's going to release webOS under an open source license. While the company will cease making hardware for the platform for now, it will continue development on it together with the open source community. Hey Access, you listening? Update: More good news: HP's CEO just told The Verge that HP will be putting webOS on hardware after all - tablets!
Thread beginning with comment 499566
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Thank god
by Fusion on Fri 9th Dec 2011 19:54 UTC
Fusion
Member since:
2005-07-18

All I can say is... it's about friggin' time!!! The homebrew community around WebOS has been phenomenal, and unleashing an open source model around the WebOS platform will likely result in some great advances and needed modernization.

WebOS is one mobile OS that needs to be preserved. I'm still clutching onto my original Palm Pre despite the lack of updates and a keyboard failure (using a virtual keyboard thanks to the homebrew community...it's a pain, but has gotten me through the past month). WebOS 1.x series STILL trumps just about every other CURRENT mobile OS out there in terms of usability and design. The aging software stack (youtube/webkit/map apps, etc.) is the only problem.

All webOS needs is competitive hardware and a few competent mobile industry giants to market them properly. If companies like HTC or Samsung built some hardware offerings around an open-source WebOS, it just might be enough to bring the platform from the bring of extinction. I'll keep hoping but won't hold my breath. =/

Reply Score: 1

RE: Thank god
by WorknMan on Fri 9th Dec 2011 20:09 in reply to "Thank god"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

All webOS needs is competitive hardware and a few competent mobile industry giants to market them properly. If companies like HTC or Samsung built some hardware offerings around an open-source WebOS, it just might be enough to bring the platform from the bring of extinction. I'll keep hoping but won't hold my breath. =/


I agree with you, except...

I don't know how others feel about this (and I'm guessing I will be modded down for saying this), but I hope HP exerts just enough control over the project so that vendors will have to abide by a certain set of guidelines when selling WebOS with their phones in order to make sure everybody has the same experience out of the box, and to keep it from becoming the clusterf**k of added vendor bloatware that is currently plaguing Android.

In other words, once you get the phone, then feel free to customize the hell out of it with whatever skins and custom roms you want. But out of the box, it should be the same for everyone, in order to maintain consistency and compatibility.

Edited 2011-12-09 20:12 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: Thank god
by curio on Fri 9th Dec 2011 21:18 in reply to "RE: Thank god"
curio Member since:
2010-05-03

Your point is well taken, but Google could achieve the same results simply by using their Android trademark as the stick.

i.e. If you want to use the Android name and logos with your product, you must do X, Y and Z etc... Otherwise you would have to identify it with AOSP or your own fork.

Some suggested XYZ conditions:

X)If you apply custom skins they must be easily user removable so they can get back to pure Android if they so desire.

Y)Guarantee to keep device software updated in a timely manner, and for a reasonable length of time. At said end point any locks applied by OEMs or vendors must be removed.

Z)An anti Carrier IQ, Explicit Opt-Ins for any intrusive tracking, clause.

Google already uses their Market and other service Apps to gain some control. They have the tools they need to prevent fragmentation, they just need to consider some kind of practical compromise between the user and OEM/Vendor's needs.
Even here in this forum, it wouldn't take very long to create a pretty comprehensive want-list of reasonable conditions to be placed on the use of Google's Android trademarks.

What would be yours?

Reply Parent Score: 1