HP announced last month that would make open-source its system WebOS, thus giving shape and a future investment of 1.2 billion dollars spent to acquire Palm. Now the company comes in more detail, stating that the software will be fully open source by the end of September, coinciding with the change of his name which will open WebOS 1.0. The first piece of this puzzle is the release of the second generation of Enyo framework, a free tool that allows developers to write applications webOS. Very similar to the original framework (WebKit), but this second version expands the compatibility for most modern desktop browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
He also stated that the development will be based on kernel Linux standards, a commitment to have more hardware compatibility possible, especially to entice producers who have not yet tried WebOS. The same HP has decided not to abandon entirely WebOS and said it will continue to develop and would be expected in the pipeline for next year a new Tablet PC.
The roadmap should see a path that expresses webOS fully open source by the end of September 2012. HP says it worked closely with the head of webOS Internals, Rod Whitby, to perfect the plan of entering the open source world.
Here is the roadmap as it was released:
January: Enyo 2.0 and the code under the Apache License, Enyo 2.0
March: Linux kernel standards, EGL extensions graphics, LevelDB, USB extensions
April: 2.0 Ares, Enyo 2.1 Node services
July: managers of the system (“Moon”), manager of the bus system, basic applications, Enyo 2.2
August: Release of Build model, webOS Open Beta, Open webOS 1.0
So for August we could see the new name and circulate the new version is available for all developers.