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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On the flip side...
by bhtooefr on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:48 UTC
bhtooefr
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2009-02-19

...while there's not a MARKET per se, a donation-funded (completely distinct from HP) port could always target Google Nexus hardware or something...

After all, Haiku is out there.

As a commercial OS, though, it's likely dead.

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RE: On the flip side...
by WorknMan on Tue 13th Dec 2011 04:42 in reply to "On the flip side..."
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2005-11-13

...while there's not a MARKET per se, a donation-funded (completely distinct from HP) port could always target Google Nexus hardware or something...


Considering how many custom roms are available for my Android phone (at least 4 dozen), I don't even want to think about what would happen if HP just tosses it out to the wolves, and there's no centralized, governing body to keep things from getting out of hand. Basically, you would have 15yos throwing out a custom rom that they worked for 2 hours on with half the features working, and then abandon it three days later, and multiply this by about 50, and a clusterf**k of these type of threads on xda, and that's what you'll have to look forward to.

Edited 2011-12-13 04:42 UTC

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RE[2]: On the flip side...
by bhtooefr on Tue 13th Dec 2011 10:47 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

Oh god.

That's why I've avoided running a third-party ROM on my phone, actually...

Although, maybe webOS Internals could keep up a good "vanilla webOS" fork, and target a narrow range of devices?

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RE[2]: On the flip side...
by No it isnt on Tue 13th Dec 2011 11:58 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

With the kind of government you ask for, it essentially isn't open source.

One of the first working custom ROMs available for the Sony Ericsson X10 mini was made by a 16 year old. He was something of a cunt, and eventually abandoned it, but his work wasn't bad at all. And even if a ROM is abandoned, it's not like switching to another one is much different from upgrading. The problem is if you get highly developed forks under closed licenses, with no source available.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, to clue you all in. HP doesn't want a gazillion forks either. They want a model that's closer to RedHat, where the code is open and people can contribute, but there is one authoritative product which will be WebOS.

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RE[2]: On the flip side...
by lucas_maximus on Wed 14th Dec 2011 13:41 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

This already happens with Remastersys and Ubuntu

http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/

They even had their web history in Gosalia!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oDbd5ZCZaM

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RE[2]: On the flip side...
by glarepate on Wed 14th Dec 2011 18:31 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
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2006-01-04

XDA developer bytecode is only 13. And he appears to be working on 3 different ROMs at the moment. He is getting help from several of the developers that have produced the most popular and best tested ROMs for the LG Optimus phones.

I'm not running any of his ROMs though. At least not yet. (o;)

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RE: On the flip side...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 13th Dec 2011 05:14 in reply to "On the flip side..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

As a commercial OS, though, it's likely dead.

Dead is dead. Something can't be dead, yet not dead at the same time. Unless it is the undead, a zombie maybe...

So until proof exists that WebOS has lost all forms of life/interest, it is not dead. "No commercial future" certainly doesn't mean that it is "dead."

Edited 2011-12-13 05:14 UTC

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HALP!!!
by Kivada on Tue 13th Dec 2011 08:39 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

"As a commercial OS, though, it's likely dead.

Dead is dead. Something can't be dead, yet not dead at the same time. Unless it is the undead, a zombie maybe...
"

Zombie processes have invaded my computer!

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RE[2]: On the flip side...
by BluenoseJake on Tue 13th Dec 2011 18:30 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
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2005-08-11

Quantum Mechanics allows this sort of thing all the time. Google Schrodingers Cat. Basically, all particles exist in a mix of all possible states until somebody measures it, then the different states collapse, and leave you with the most likely state.

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RE[2]: On the flip side...
by sithlord2 on Tue 13th Dec 2011 19:17 in reply to "RE: On the flip side..."
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2009-04-02


Dead is dead. Something can't be dead, yet not dead at the same time.


Schrödinger would like to have a word with you...

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