HP Outlines webOS Open Source Roadmap

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webOS roadmap

Over the first half of the year, HP will make individual elements of webOS source code available – from core applications like Mail and Calendar to its Linux kernel – until the full code base is contributed to the open source community by September.

Timing
Milestone/Code published

January
Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code
Apache License, Version 2.0

February
Intended project governance model
QT WebKit extensions
JavaScript core
UI Enyo widgets

March
Linux standard kernel
Graphics extensions EGL
LevelDB
USB extensions

April
Ares 2.0
Enyo 2.1
Node services

July
System manager (“Luna”)
System manager bus
Core applications
Enyo 2.2

August
Build release model
Open webOS Beta

September
Open webOS 1.0

Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code

Enyo 1.0 made it simple to write apps that worked on a variety of webOS form factors. Version 2.0 extends this “write once, run anywhere” capability to a range of other platforms, including mobile and desktop web browsers.

More information about Enyo and the source code is available at http://developer.palm.com/blog.

Apache License, Version 2.0

The Apache License, Version 2.0 is commonly used to govern contributions to open source software projects. It provides a legal framework that balances open innovation and a dependable user experience, which is consistent with HP’s vision for webOS.

HP intends to have the whole webOS system, including the Enyo development platform, out there by September 2012.  Here’s hoping that open sourcing webOS will spark some developer interest.

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