Two Beta Versions of Open Source WebOS to be Released, HP

On Friday, Hewlett-Packard has released two beta versions of its open source web operating system. One version is created for developers, running on the desktop of Ubuntu Linux. The other one is for the so-called “OpenEmbedded” development environment, determined to assist developers to port webOS to new devices.

The webOS team calls the project currently released as the August Edition. It composts of about forty-five open source webOS components and 450,000 lines of code. According to the team, the two beta versions were made public under the license of Apache 2.0. This is considered as the most liberal and accepted when it comes to open source webOS.

The latest beta version for desktop build has included a webOS System Manager version running as an application on the Ubuntu desktop. The new beta version supports applications built with the third party framework of JavaScript called Enyo. Core webOS apps like Contacts and Calendar run within the System Manager. The functions of the System Manager consist of rendering the webOS Card View, Status Bar, Launcher, and other interface fundamentals.

Moreover, the team explained that it was just natural for them to release a beta version for the OpenEmbedded platform. This is because of the extensive adoption of the community, and excellent cross-compiling support for numerous architectures of hardware. For this version, the webOS consists of an ARM emulator which will run core services like node and db8.

Further announcements will be made during the September launch of the open source OS.