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HP has kept his promise and proposes a beta open source webOS in two environments, workstation and OpenEmbedded.
It is rare to see HP make open source one of its products (the manufacturer is more user open source solutions a contributor to the catalog of the latter). And yet this is what he has done with webOS , thus confirming the commitment it made in late 2011.
The webOS desktop build is intended for development machines for the development of user environments and the integration of new open source technologies. It also includes support for applications with System Managerwith Calendar and Contacts applications, and support for some of the applications Enyo.
The build OpenEMbeded webOS is designed to support multiple hardware architectures and embedded platforms based on ARM processor. An emulator of the latter is incorporated into the solution.
Open source will he save webOS?
What a journey by webOS! First moribund while the future of Palm , the developer, darkened, the derivative of Linux for mobile devices joins the portfolio of solutions from HP when it acquired Palm in 2010.
Palm webOS HP webOS becomes. At first we thought that HP would revive its smartphone business, anecdotal, with webOS, Palm surfing technology who gave birth in 2009 to the Palm Pre, a remarkable machine that had to deal with all the Apple iPhone, but the means of its ambitions.
The craze for HP webOS is such that the manufacturer claims that the mobile OS will be at the heart of its strategy devices, on board everything that is not a PC or a server. At the time, HP sees webOS everywhere, printers, switches, smartphones, tablets, gadgets, etc.. The speech is ambitious. HP the user has two environments: Windows and webOS.
In fact one truly original product boxes out of the firm, a shelf doom, the TouchPad , HP will eventually liquidate.Again … the product is attractive and efficient. But once again it was scuttled.
Mid-2011, HP announced the abandonment of touchscreen terminals. The future of webOS was in question. The stop making webOS devices does not mean the end of webOS, HP said then that engages in late 2011 to release the source code. Just reward for an environment largely based on Linux and featuring many features and modules from the world of open source.
Meanwhile, HP has created a new brand, Gram ( The future of webOS is through open source and Gram ), a spin-off of the webOS development team, presented as a project incubator software and cloud, which is unclear what the manufacturer wants to do, but certainly enjoy the contributions of the community should create around webOS. HP has also launched a new Global Business Unit Mobility Division (GBU), dedicated to mobility and tablets ( HP mobility A new division for tablets ).