HP puts webOS on open source track – HP promises ‘active’ role, and money, to speed webOS development

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HP announced today that it will “contribute” its webOS operating system to the open source community.

The software, along with the companion ENYO application framework, now will be available under an open source license to anyone who wants to use the mobile OS first created by Palm for the Pre line of smartphones. HP plans to be an “active participant and investor” in the open source initiative, but didn’t say how or to what extent.

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HP’s announcement today was short on details. According to a statement, HP will “engage the open source community to help define the charter of the … project.”

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