Open webOS Beta 1 Rolls Out After Being Dumped by HP
The WebOS have been dumped by HP into the convenient arms of the open source community a few months ago but right now the newest version of WebOS have been released, the Open webOS Beta 1.
One of the main reasons why HP dumped the webOS program is due to the availability of mobile Operating System such as the iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, so HP decided to make it an open source.
The webOS was finally revived through open source projects and now the first beta of open webOS is available for you to try. There are two versions Open webOS.
One version runs under Ubuntu which is ideal for testing your apps or just generally finding out about webOS. The other version can be customized to run on a range of hardware.
According to Open webOS official site the beta release is intended primarily for developers. It includes 54 webOS components with more than 450,000 lines of code.
The original HP team who was formerly in charge of the webOS has still a hand in the open source development of the project although it already sacked half of the team.
There is still a chance for HP to reinvent what they have started with webOS, currently they were trying to hire up to 20 developers to work for the project.
With the recent development in the mobile Operating System wherein Apple and Android were engaging in a legal battle, whether Android have copied the iOS, there's plenty of room for other mobile OS to enter the market.
There's a possibility that some manufacturers particularly Samsung could lose faith in Android's future so they must look for an alternative which is the target of the Open webOS.
For more information regarding the Open webOS Beta 1 project, just visit the official Open WebOS Beta 1 Website.