In a surprise but good move, HP open sourced its now defunct and ambitious project to take on Apple, WebOS, and donated it to the open source community. WebOS, which was bought from Palm for 1.2billion dollars last year was the first high profile casualty in the war of touchscreen enabled smartphones and operating systems. HP announced that they would not sell the software and instead open source it.
“WebOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”
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