HP to Commit webOS to Open Source by Fall 2012
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today began executing its plan to deliver an open webOS by committing to a schedule for making the platform’s source code available under an open source license.
The company aims to complete this milestone in its entirety by September.
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.
“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.
Over the first half of the year, HP will make individual elements of webOS source code available – from core applications like Mail and Calendar to its Linux kernel – until the full code base is contributed to the open source community by September.
|January|| Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code|
Apache License, Version 2.0
|February|| Intended project governance model|
QT WebKit extensions
UI Enyo widgets
|March|| Linux standard kernel|
Graphics extensions EGL
|April|| Ares 2.0|
|July|| System manager (“Luna”)|
System manager bus
|August|| Build release model|
Open webOS Beta
|September||Open webOS 1.0|
Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code
Enyo 1.0 made it simple to write apps that worked on a variety of webOS form factors. Version 2.0 extends this “write once, run anywhere” capability to a range of other platforms, including mobile and desktop web browsers.
More information about Enyo and the source code is available at http://developer.palm.com/blog.
Apache License, Version 2.0
The Apache License, Version 2.0 is commonly used to govern contributions to open source software projects. It provides a legal framework that balances open innovation and a dependable user experience, which is consistent with HP’s vision for webOS.
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