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by Derek Kessler Fri, 28 Sep 2012 1:05 pm EDT

Open webOS 1.0 lands

Following the roadmap laid out back in January, HP has delivered Open webOS 1.0 to the masses as planned. Last month saw the release of two betas, one for desktop Linux and the other for assorted devices thanks to OpenEmbedded integration, and today we're seeing the finalized versions of each. Improving on the last go around, the OpenEmbedded version (Open webOS OE) now has a user interface to match the the Linux-style Open webOS Desktop, which itself has the same user interface as webOS 3.0 on the HP TouchPad.

Visually, not much has changed with Open webOS 1.0. It still works the same way and runs the same core apps, which don't appear to have changed much, if at all, from their already open-sourced Enyo 1.0 versions. That said, Open webOS 1.0 does now have full support for HP's Enyo 2.0 application framework, and HP is pitching the Open webOS Desktop Build as a superior development platform, enabling developers to code up and test their Enyo 2 apps all on their computer.

The important thing about the 1.0 release for Open webOS is that it's now a complete operating system and something that can be ported to other devices. While HP intends to leave that work to third party device manufacturers and the community, they did put together a video to demonstrate how Open webOS works on a desktop, using a wide-screen HP TouchSmart PC (a touch-enabled all-in-one desktop series that HP's been selling for a few years) to run a full-screen version of the operating system. According to Open webOS Chief Architect Steve Winston, porting Open webOS to the TouchSmart took their engineers a few days worth of work, and what results is what looks like a generally functional full-touch experience. It does seem to be a little on the jittery side, though we imagine it's nowhere near fully optimized. Video of the TouchSmart demonstration is after the break.

Embracing the fully open source Apache 2 license under which Open webOS is being distributed, the 1.0 release includes a number of contributions made by "expert community members" after last month's beta release. Those contributions range from bug fixes and dependency resolutions to offering "substantive commentary" that influenced "decisions on code structure and other issues."

Calling in the big guns, HP called on Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, who is quoted: “By using the build framework for embedded Linux, the Yocto Project with OpenEmbedded-Core, Open webOS is poised to deliver an open source build environment that developers will thrive from. Open webOS continues to hit its milestones, and we expect the community around the project to continue to grow. All the right tools are in place.”

We certainly hope so. Open webOS is still a bit on the rough side and lacking in some areas, but it's what HP promised us: a functional open source version of webOS by the end of September. On that count they delivered.

Now just because Open webOS is out and available doesn't mean you're going to be able to install it on whatever you want out the gate. It's been released as a raw operating system, it'll need tweaking and additions before it can be made to run on anything, let alone run well. So don't go asking "can I install this on my TouchPad?", because as of this moment, no, you cannot. In the future? Sure, maybe you'll be able to do just that - that's what we've got WebOS Ports for anyway.

So congratulations to HP for reaching this milestone. We're looking forward to what comes next, from HP, the community, and hopefully some manufacturers that decide to pick up Open webOS and run with it. As HP has been keen to point out (even if not entirely correct), webOS is the only operating system designed and built to work on smartphones, tablets, and desktops - something that we at webOS Nation clearly desire.


let the fun begin!

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With the force of a 1000s suns, yes. This is progress. All available hands on deck.

All always thought the Touchsmart would be the perfect PC for webOS. Now I think I'll get me one just for that!

So everyone, where do we go from here?

Even if that a great news(Kudos to Gram and W.Internal)
But why is it still emulated in the video; can't we have some native port video?!!

So weird to me that all you people are such big fans of a mobile operating system. Especially one that failed.

It's like, "what are your interests? Art, sports, movies, women"? "No, I'm really into a failed mobile operating system."

Its more amazing that you would take the time to mention that.

That's what the media and talking heads would have you believe.
Have you ever used it. I have and continue to do so with no regrets.

Noting as disastrous as recently occurred with the iphone5 maps yet everyone acknowledges that in time Apple will recover. WebOS was never given that generous consideration. Why?

The funny thing for me is I know webOS isn't good at all right now. I only love it off of it's potential. Using a Palm Pre my thought was "this could be a perfect phone, far better than the iPhone or any Android phone... if ONLY it was smooth and responsive and had equivalent hardware."

And that's the thing, webOS has some huge advantages and far more huge disadvantages. That's why it never took off. They never bothered to fix the huge disadvantages, they just changed it from having huge disadvantages into having fairly significant disadvantages. :-/ I don't have a lot of faith anymore because either everyone's incompetent or it's just THAT hard to fix the most notable disadvantage (the smoothness/responsiveness issue).

You make a good point with first gen webos devices. Pre even overclocked was sluggish at times. The Pre 2 (and pre 3 from what I heard) is not laggy. Touchpad was slow but overclocked runs fairly well. I think the latest hardware has caught up and can run webos well now with all of its overhead. (maybe it's not too late with this latest news at least for those of us willing to port webOS over)

Freaking amazing!!! Bring webOS everywhere!!

"the hills are alive, w/ the sound of music..." excited!!

Just let me know when a working port to a Verizon lte phone is working.


so does it still only run on ubuntu on a desktop?

And at minute 1:13 there is a webOS Nation bookmark in the launcher :D

First video by 'gramwebos' on YouTube ;)

Finally!! I want it!

I'm kind of happy about this. Let the good will begin.

Wish there were soe instructions for putting it on a HP Touchsmart computer.

Excellent work HP/Palm/Gram c: I love it when I can port it to my kindle fire (;

Yeah!!! Well done HP! =D

I wanna see the guy who ported it to the Raspberry Pi try again now that it has a GUI. I really want to get a cheap device that can run Open webOS full-time.

the way this guy talks drives me mad

I'm having a moment here...
I BELIEVE in the BEST community of all; THE HOMEBREW COMMUNITY!!! They wouldn't come all the way to where we are just to give up now. And we surely won't either! So donations will go through for our beloved community to help them help us into having more of our beloved mobile OS, webOS!
And to all the haters... Wait.... Wait... It is coming...

I woke up feeling sick....

now I'm 100% revived

open webOS news in the morning is what the doctor ordered

i suppose congrats