HP To Fully Open Source WebOS By September 2012
HP also announced it is releasing version 2.0 of webOS's innovative developer tool, Enyo. Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop web browsers, from the webOS, iOS and Android platforms to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers – and more. The source code for Enyo is available today, giving the open source community immediate access to the acclaimed application framework for webOS. By contributing webOS to the open source community, HP unleashes the creativity of hardware and software developers to build a new generation of applications and devices. The webOS code will be made available under the Apache License, Version 2.0, beginning with the source code for Enyo.
What'll happen then? It's anyone's guess. With webOS on the open source market, it could be ported into just about anything, and perhaps hackers and existing companies will find a use for it in a way that HP has not. Either way, we're glad HP is doing this; it sure beats burying one of the best mobile operating systems of the past decade without so much as a funeral.