In the most dramatic stay of execution since Robin Hood shot an arrow through Little John’s noose, HP has decided that WebOS will live on as open source. And there was much merriment and back-slappery throughout the land! Also: good work, HP.
The news came today after months of uncertainty about the platform’s future, with rumours ranging from death to a sale to a life of powering printer apps. Now, though? An unlimited future, according to HP’s press release:
HP will make the underlying code of WebOS available under an open source licence. Developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers can deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions into the marketplace.