HP gives timetable for Open webOS
HP has disclosed its plans for releasing webOS as open source with a timetable that results in open WebOS 1.0 appearing in September. The process will see elements of the WebOS system being released each month until August, when those elements will be brought together to make the Open webOS beta. A month after that, the company will then make a full release of Open webOS 1.0.
The full release will, unlike the current proprietary version, use a standard Linux kernel (to be released in March) though HP does not say which version of the kernel it will be using. All the webOS components will be open sourced under an Apache 2.0 licence, which is a licence that includes patent rights to required patents. HP holds many patents which may be relevant to potential webOS users, so the choice of licence will provide some assurance regarding any potential patent dangers.
More information about the release plans is available in a post from Open webOS project CTO Sam Greenblatt. Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation commented in his blog that "by making smart early and crucial decisions like this, the project has a much better chance of succeeding".
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