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I'm excited, and I know i'm not the only enthusiast on the list.. :) http://mashable.com/2011/12/09/hp-webos-open-source/
HP's brief FAQ: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Data-Central/webOS-goes-open-so[..]
It's interesting that Marc Andreesen (on the board) is getting a lot of
mention with this, i wonder if he helped push for this, and possibly will
help run/build the governance structure..
And they have a github repo open, currently empty of course, but with funny
issues already opened :)
PS: Bay Area webOS meetup a week from today in SF! http://meetup.com/sfbaywebos/events/41740932/
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Ajay, thanks for posting this. Yes, the fact that Andreesen is involved
We should watch with interest to see what licences they use, and whether
there will be substantive third-party property interests HP will have to
work around (as was the case with Netscape's and Sun's open-sourcings).
HP has been a relatively good participant in open source, in the recent
past, e.g., with printers, although, for example, use of the hplip
printer architecture often bogs down in secret-sauce proprietary and
That is a particularly common pitfall in embedded computing, and one
should therefore not be too surprised if it ends up not being open
source all the way down to the hardware: There's always some chipset
manufacturer or OEM who blocks release of low-level code to public view,
and so you (most often) end up having open source with various
proprietary exceptions and carve-outs.
I'm encourage by Andreesen, but discouraged by Whitless.