The moment many have been waiting for finally arrived on Tuesday morning.
Today, Hewlett-Packard released the eagerly anticipated beta version of its open-source webOS mobile operating system.
“Eight months ago we announced our ambitious plan to make webOS available under an open source license and bring the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community,” the company announced on its blog today. “We are proud to have hit another milestone with today’s Beta release.”
Here is what we know about the release. The Beta in question is comprised of 54 webOS components available as opensource. HP says this brings over 450,000 lines of code released under the Apache 2.0 license, “which is one of the most liberal and accepted in the open source community.”
Additionally, Tuesday’s release provides two build environments.
Our desktop build provides the ideal development environment for enhancing the webOS user experience with new features and integrating state of the art open source technologies. Developers can now use all their desktop tools on powerful development machines. Our OpenEmbedded build provides the ideal development environment for porting webOS to new and exciting devices.
“The excitement continues to build as we approach 1.0 and beyond,” HP said in the closing of its public statement. “Looking forward to hearing from and seeing you online in the community.”
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