HP libera WebOS como código abierto



Una gran noticia de última hora por parte de HP, quien ha anunciado que liberará el código fuente de su sistema operativo para dispositivos móviles llamado WebOS, con lo que se espera beneficiar a la comunidad y mejorar esta plataforma con ayuda de desarrolladores externos. 

Por el momento sólo se sabe que será de código abierto pero aún no han determinado que tipo de licencia se utilizará para su liberación.


A continuación, el comunicado de prensa oficial por parte de HP:


HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.


HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices.


webOS offers a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications. For developers, applications can be easily built using standard web technologies. In addition, its single integrated stack offers multiplatform portability. For device manufacturers, it provides a single web-centric platform to run across multiple devices. As a result, the end user benefits from a fast, immersive user experience.


“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”


HP will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license. Developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers can deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions into the marketplace.


HP will engage the open source community to help define the charter of the open source project under a set of operating principles:


  • The goal of the project is to accelerate the open development of the webOS platform
  • HP will be an active participant and investor in the project
  • Good, transparent and inclusive governance to avoid fragmentation
  • Software will be provided as a pure open source project

Como puntos claros y a rescatar del comunicado de prensa (último párrafo), HP deja muy claro que seguirá apostando al desarrollo de WebOS con ingenieros asignados al proyecto y que pretenden acelerar con este paso su evolución con la ayuda de terceros. También indican que no desean tener fragmentación de versiones y que el software publicado será enteramente open source.

Vía | Ubuntu Vibes