Hewlett Packard continues its efforts to transition its webOS mobile operating system to an open-source model, releasing the source code behind its Isis web browser alongside extensions to its underlying QtWebKit-based HTML rendering engine. Both are available via GitHub under the Apache license v2.0.
QtWebKit--first open-sourced by Nokia (NYSE:NOK)--offers "unrivaled speed and standards compliance while providing a powerful and fast platform for Enyo and apps," Greenblatt adds. "WebKit is also the point of integration between the underlying System Manager, which will be open sourced later this year, and the web rendering layer of webOS... We have been in the process of moving webOS to this port of WebKit for some time, with a goal of increasing web site compatibility and overall performance."
HP acquired webOS in 2010 when it purchased Palm for $1.2 billion and promises to make the platform fully open-source by September 2012. HP's proposed open-source transition timeline covers release phases, governance, tools and documentation, with plans calling for the company to make additional individual elements of the source code (e.g., its Linux standard kernel and core applications like Mail and Calendar) available each month.
- read this HP webOS Developer Blog entry
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