WebOS Goes Open Source, Booted on an EVO 3D Three Months Ago
Earlier today new HP boss Meg Whitman addressed the fate of WebOS. The operating system that got its start on the Now Network via the now defunct Palm Pre is officially going open source. Now before you WebOS smartphone fans start bursting into song and doing the Dance of Joy, it should be noted that Ms. Whitman said “I do not believe we will be in the smartphone business again.”
Such news may be a bit of a downer, but of course there’s always hope! In this case Ryan Hope. A WebOS enthusiast, Mr. Hope beat HP to the punch and managed to get the soon to be free platform booting on an HTC EVO 3D about threes months ago. Again before you WebOS fans start readying your dancing shoes, there’s a bit of a catch here.
Citing that HTC’s EVO 3D has nearly identical hardware to the HP TouchPad, building a port wasn’t impossible. Sadly nothing here works and we mean nothing, the system just boots and that’s about it. Considering many Android open source projects have started this way and that official WebOS source code is on its way, this could possibly be a small glimpse into the near future.