HP Launches Open-Source Version of webOS Platform
HP releases the Beta version of its open-source webOS platform in two builds, desktop and OpenEmbedded.Hewlett-Packard is delivering on its promise to launch an open-source version of its webOS mobile operating system-and is doing it right on schedule. The Beta release, launched Aug. 31, comprises 54 webOS components available as open-source software and brings more than 450,000 lines of code released under the Apache 2.0 license. Incorporating two build environments-a desktop build and an OpenEmbedded build-the latest release brings a host of new features, including Gestures and Card Stack Tabs. The desktop build provides a development environment for enhancing the webOS user experience with new features and integrating new open-source technologies, and a company blog post also noted developers could now use all their desktop tools on development machines. The desktop build also includes System Manager support for applications, including the core applications such as Calendar and Contacts, in addition to support for a variety of third-party Enyo applications, according to an Aug. 31 post on the Open webOS Project blog.
Meanwhile, the OpenEmbedded build, which provides an ARM emulator and was selected for its widespread community adoption, cross-compiling support for embedded platforms and support for multiple hardware architectures, provides a development environment for porting webOS to new and exciting devices. The blog post also noted the company is "actively converging" on an OE Core image which boots to System Manager and the full webOS experience.