Several months after HP unveiled its open sourced webOS, the company lived up to its promise by coming out with the Open webOS 1.0. A legacy from HP’s Palm smartphones and TouchPad, the Open webOS 1.0 is HP’s first official open source platform that has been created with desktop and other embedded environments in mind.
HP’s Open webOS 1.0 biggest system change is that it can now support the Enyo2 core application framework, as well as the most recent versions of the WebKit engine and Qt framework. It also carries essential apps like calendars, contacts, email clients, memos and a web browser. Add the Open Embedded build system for Linux and you can see why this system shows promise, especially to the eyes of developers. To show off the system better, and to further convince unbelievers, HP’s Chief Architect Steve Winston demonstrated an Open webOS 1.0 that has already been ported to a TouchSmart AIO.
However, it’s important to remember that even though the Open webOS 1.0 is a complete and working operating system that can ported to other systems, it doesn’t automatically mean that you can install it on whatever gadget you have. There are some tweaks and improvements that can still be made, plus the webOs still needs a company who’ll officially use the platform.
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