HP bled some money, so they open sores their Palms.

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | December 11, 2011 - 03:52 AM |
Tagged: webOS, open source, hp

Sure, this title is little more than a series of bad puns. That said, HP’s situation has recently seems like little more than a series of bad jokes itself. Over the last year, HP appears to have been their own biggest public image disaster: they purchased Palm to release a tablet without much platform support; they shut down and liquidate the tablet after seven weeks; they flirt with disbanding their entire profitable division and draw intense media discussion over the death of the entire PC industry; and they sharply change their mind and keep their division long after the media damage ends. Despite that spiraling-out-of-control story, HP has just recently made a surprisingly sensible decision: Open Source WebOS.

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WebOS… Web Open Source… I get it now!

Obviously, we cannot tell exactly how good of a long-term decision it is for HP to support WebOS as an open project with the details we have now. A number of questions, not the least of which being about what open source license HP will use for their operating system, shroud the fate of WebOS as an open source platform. While I will not get excited yet, as I will not assume sensibility on the part of HP, it is entirely possible that HP can displace Android and Meego as the open mobile operating systems. Then again, it is entirely possible that HP can just crumble under Android and its other competitors and go back to cramming drops of ink into plastic containers and building large servers for corporate clients.

Depending on the license, as well as other factors, what do you think of WebOS as the open platform of choice?

Source: HP
December 11, 2011 | 08:14 PM - Posted by dean@thebradyreport.com (not verified)

I've been a fan of the WebOS since it launched. I find the Android platform to be just another "nix" type of nerd OS that is great for people that love open source but it is just too unpolished. I will admit that it is getting better and the recent custom versions from Amazon (Kindle Fire) and others are showing what is possible with some effort. The WebOS was built by people with a long history of mobile development and it shows.

I think the most interesting potential for WebOS was the dual-boot promise that HP made last year. It would allow users to boot into a fast, stable, purpose driven OS that would give them their Facebook, email, web browsing etc without the need for a bloated OS.

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