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webOS going open source in September

HP has revealed the timetable for the release of webOS under an open source licence. Open webOS 1.0 is scheduled to appear in September.

When HP cancelled the TouchPad and the rest of its webOS device business, senior vice president Stephen DeWitt said the development of webOS itself would continue.

And in mid-December 2011, the company revealed that plan would be achieved by releasing to source code to the open source community: ""HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices."

Less than seven weeks later, HP has published a timetable for the release of various components, culminating with the planned release of the complete Open webOS 1.0 in September.

The process has already begun with the release of Enyo 2.0 (a development tool for the creation of application that run under webOS, iOS or Android, or within Internet Explorer or Firefox) under version 2.0 of the Apache License.

Further components will be released starting next month with the JavaScript core, QT WebKit extensions and UI Enyo widgets, along with the publication of the governance model for the project.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.