HP’s TouchPad and Palm phones are dead, but webOS continues to enjoy some kind of existence as open-source technology. Following an initial beta release back at the end of August, Open webOS graduates to a 1.0 release today.
Announced via blog post, the new release offers some changes that the Open webOS team hopes will usher in major new capabilities for developers.
The Open WebOS mobile Linux operating system has been renamed LuneOS, and is available in an Affogato release supporting HPs TouchPad and LGs Nexus 4. WebOS is back yet again in an open source LuneOS respin of the Open WebOS project, itself a spinoff of the proprietary WebOS.
From LinuxBSDos.com.News flash: LG Acquires webOS from HP to enhance its line of Smart TVs.
Now we can ad LG to the list of companies that have been associated with the webOS, one of the more promising, but, so far, disappointing cross-platform operating systems.
With the news that HP intends to use Linux-based WebOS on its Slate tablet, do you think this is Linux's big chance to take on Apple's iPad, or do you think WebOS on Palm Pre didn't do enough to justify you parting with your cash to buy a Slate?
We need to face facts: WebOS is dead. Barring the unwavering support of the enthusiast community, the former mobile OS will never become a commercial product and, LG investment or no, the possibility of WebOS surviving a sale is nil.
WebOS is no more, has ceased to be, is bereft of life, and it rests in peace. It is an ex-OS.
HP is going through the same doldrums all PC makers are facing.
Open webOS 1.0 was released yesterday. And no, that is not an edition you can just download and install on anything. It is for developers, not for everybody – at least not yet. This is a milestone release in the short history of Open webOS, the open source edition of what used to be webOS, the operating system for the HP Touchpad and Pre and Pixi smartphones.
My ideal dream for this is to have WebOS running on my touchpad but able to run android software. I love how well WebOS runs but hate that there is no software and I haven't really been happy with my multi-boot android situation.
OK guys, the end of support is near. Here is the official announcement:
webOS Cloud Services to end January 15, 2015
Cloud services support for webOS devices will be ending on January 15, 2015. We appreciate our customer's loyalty the webOS platform. But now, more than three (3) years after the last device was sold, only a small fraction of the devices are still connecting.