HP Committing webOS to Open Source by September

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The company also announced it is releasing version 2.0 of webOS' innovative developer tool, Enyo.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard began executing its plan to deliver an open webOS by committing to a schedule for making the platform's source code available under an open-source license. The company said it aims to complete this milestone in its entirety by September. The webOS code will be made available under the Apache License, version 2.0, beginning with the source code for Enyo.

The company also announced it is releasing version 2.0 of webOS' innovative developer tool, Enyo. Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop Web browsers, from the webOS, iOS and Android platforms to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. The source code for Enyo is available this week, giving the open-source community access to the application framework for webOS.

Enyo 1.0 made it possible to write apps that worked on a variety of webOS form factors, and version 2.0 extends this "write once, run anywhere" capability to a range of other platforms, including mobile and desktop Web browsers.

"HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open-source community," said Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for HP. "This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform's development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of Web applications."

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