I was quite impressed by HP’s announcement of WebOS and now there is an article on BusinessWeek outlining more of the strategy. Apotheker says HP is done the cost-cutting. The largest/highest-volume OEM in the world is going to put WebOS on every PC. The task remaining is to generate software for it. HP is down hundreds of thousands of applications compared to Android and iOS.
HP sells lots of PCs. If they can generate software somehow for WebOS, they will have a platform just like Wintel/Apple. Competition is good. I like it. WebOS is a non-free OS built on Linux. We shall see how that model competes with those other OS. Having an OEM pushing Linux globally instead of regionally as Dell does will be a welcome change. IMHO this will do a lot to keep Linux on the radar for many OEMs. I would bet that smaller OEMs will find it easier to push GNU/Linux directly rather than compete with HP by making their own proprietary OS.