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06 October 2009, 10:05

Palm launch Open Source Developer Program

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Open source welcome on the Palm Pre
Palm has announced a programme for open source developers wishing to write for Palm's Linux based WebOS. For closed source applications the Palm developer programme requires an upfront fee of $99 (£62) from developers, with a $50 (£31) fee for each app that is published through Palm's App Catalogue. For open source developers both the up front fee and the per app fee is waived. Palm's WebOS currently only runs on Palm's Pre and Pixi phones; the Pre is due to be available in the UK from the 16th of October from O2.

Palm recently hired Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, away from Mozilla, to head up the open source developer programme for the smartphone company. Almaer, in his blog said that the duo wanted to "get a developer programme out there and it happened in short order". Full details of the programme are available on Palms Developer site. It is expected that the programme will be fully open by the end of the year.


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