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View Full Version : Can Open Source Save webOS?

Hooch Tan
12-19-2011, 11:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://gdgt.com/discuss/four-reasons-why-open-sourcing-webos-won-t-be-enough-to-save-it-hru/' target='_blank'>http://gdgt.com/discuss/four-reason...to-save-it-hru/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"HP finally revealed the fate of webOS last week, announcing plans to open source the orphaned mobile OS rather than sell it to someone else or simply abandon it. As a fan of the open source model I was pleased to hear this -- it would have been a shame to let webOS die -- but I'm also realistic that opening it up isn't going to suddenly resurrect the OS and put it right back into contention alongside iOS, Android, and Windows Phone."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//lpt/auto/1324325464.usr20447.png" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>HP has made some waves with its announcement that it intends on open sourcing webOS.&nbsp; Will is save the beleaguered operating system from death?&nbsp; Possibly.&nbsp; Will it bring it to the forefront?&nbsp; Unlikely.&nbsp; Without strong and major backing, the OS is likely to stay small, and see interest mostly from niche groups.&nbsp; Yes, there are thousands of webOS users out there thanks to the firesale that HP had with its TouchPads, but I have doubts that most consumers really know what they got into, and are just as likely to pick up an Android or iOS device next.&nbsp; That is not a knock against webOS, but that with any product, it needs some backing and marketing in order to get into the minds of consumers, and with HP pushing it, I do not see that happening.</p>