This afternoon, HP announced they are open-sourcing WebOS… I was pretty impressed with Leo’s demonstration of WebOS but HP could not do it on its own. Now, the world will get a look at the code and see whether it can fly. I expect it will and we will have another choice in case Android/Linux runs aground somehow. It’s all good, another source of supply. We know WebOS has Linux underneath and here’s the code. It’s a lot like GNU/Linux if you ask me.
This is a smart move on HP’s part. It asserts some independence from M$, contributes to the open source community and shares with the world a polished technology. I would bet the investment is returned promptly. They may be able to sell lots of client PCs at higher margins once WebOS takes hold. HP already has ports for ARM and x86.
How’s that for fast turnaround on a prediction?
From M$’s point of view, they are now surrounded. OEMs of all kinds have products to ship running something else and M$ is a year away from shipping anything that might be competitive. I can see an excited young engineer telling his boss they can have this running on an eeePC by noon tomorrow. I can see shipments ready to go on x86 next week. GNU/Linux already works on x86… Chuckle. This thing will run on any PC soon.