Instead of killing its beloved innovation HP has now decided to contribute something to the open source community. HP has announced that it will be giving away WebOS operating system to the open source community. Earlier rumors were that HP will shutdown WebOS or sell the OS. However HP has decided against selling the OS which was being considered as one of the options after the OS turned out to be a huge fail and HP’s touchpad was found loitering for $99 on eBay. Some of the companies were even eying to buy the WebOS, but HP’s move has definitely led to a lot of surprised faces. It is of course welcomed by the open source community.
The company also said that it’s now the responsibility of developers and hardware manufacturers to improve the software bring out new versions and develop applications for the OS. So any developer who wishes to develop apps for WebOS is free to do so without paying for the license.
HP however cleared that it will be actively participating in the development of WebOS.
This is what HP’s CEO said in a media release:
WebOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable. By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.
The goal of the project is to accelerate the open development of the WebOS platform and HP will be an active participant and investor in the project. Good, transparent and inclusive governance to avoid fragmentation and Software will be provided as a pure open source project.”
However HP has also said that it will continue to make hardware for WebOS in the future, hinting that even though WebOS is currently down and out it is still not dead.