HP promises open WebOS by September

Posted by Emma Woollacott

HP's announced its timetable for making its WebOS open source, delivering on plans announced late last year.

Source code is to be released in stages, kicking off with the company's Enyo developer tool today. The aim is to have published all the source code by September this year under the Apache License, Version 2.0 - the same way Android's licensed.

"HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community," says Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of 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."

And it's a new version of Enyo that's been released. Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across a variety of mobile devices and desktop web browsers, including WebOS itself, iOS, Android, Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Next month, the company plans to release source code for the intended project governance model, along with QT WebKit extensions, JavaScript core and UI Enyo widgets.

This will be followed in March by the Linux standard kernel, graphics extensions EGL, LevelDB and USB extensions. In April come Ares 2.0, Enyo 2.1 and node services.

After a break, the Luna system manager will follow in July, along with core applications and Enyo 2.2; followed in August by a build release model and the Open webOS Beta and in September by version 1.0 of Open webOS.

HP pledged last December to release the sourc e code to developers. Its own WebOS products - such as the Palm Pre phone and TouchPad tablet - never sold particularly well, and were both discontinued last summer.

This may mean that developers aren't as keen to jump in as they once might have been. Releasing the code, though, could indicate that HP plans to start developing its own devices again.

There's more information about Enyo and the source code here.