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HP and their open source webOS

By jfuller05 ·
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From the following article:

Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to release its WebOS mobile operating system as open-source software by September, relying on the same approach to licensing that Google Inc. uses with Android.

The company, which gained WebOS in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm Inc. in 2010, said in December that it would turn the software into an open-source project, meaning outside programmers are free to tinker with the code and use it in their own smartphones, tablets and other devices. In addition to releasing the operating system in the coming months, Hewlett- Packard will introduce open-source software tools called Enyo 2.0 today to help developers write WebOS applications.

The marketplace wants more choice, Chief Strategy Officer Bill Veghte said today in an interview.

Hewlett-Packard is trying to drum up interest in WebOS as an alternative to mobile platforms from Google, Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The move followed lackluster sales of Hewlett- Packards own WebOS products, including the Palm Pre smartphone and TouchPad tablet computer. The Palo Alto, California-based company ceased production of those devices last August.

I think this is a good move for HP. I've always liked and purchase HP computers. The article goes on to say HP's webOS could be used in televisions, entertainment systems and in-car navigations systems.

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