HP have finally provided some details on the road map to open sourcing their WebOS operating system. In a press release Wednesday, HP provided a detailed breakdown on what plans and steps they will be taking over the next 7 months to finally deliver webOS to the open source community.
Following the announcement last year by Hewlett-Packard that they would no longer support webOS as a proprietary operating system, the entire ecosystem of developers and pundits have been waiting for a more definitive way forward as to the fate of the OS with some even saying the OS would end up in the back-burners.
But this announcement provides a more definitive framework for potential developers and other interested parties to now begin making necessary preparations to benefit from the code base once it is fully open sourced.
In the meanwhile, HP have released the second generation version of the Enyo framework that is used to develop applications that run on webOS. In the announcement, HP assured developers that they were committed to the successful deployment of the OS and the subsequent development of the same adding:
“HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community,” said Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, HP. “This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform’s development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications.”
The webOS code will be made available under the Apache License, Version 2.0, beginning with the source code for Enyo.