LG’s Linux-based webOS Goes Open Source, Again!


An operating system has so many names (and owners)
webOS has turned from open webOS, HP webOS, Palm webOS and LG webOS. It was originally developed by Palm for its personal digital assistant. In 2010, HP bought Palm and then acquired Palm WebOS, but a few years later, HP sold it to LG Electronics for them to use it on their WEB-enabled smart TVs replacing its webcast platform.

Today, LG has expanded the use of WebOS from smart TVs to sack devices. and to further expand its reach and attract developers, LG has launched an open source version of webOS called OSE (Open source Edition) webOS. And so WebOS goes open source again.

Open Source again

Did I say it again? Yes, because in 2012, HP had open source this operating system.

The Slick and user-friendly operating system that HP used to compete with Android and IOS platforms was considered by some at that time as an alternative to Android for tablets. However, they couldn’t find a Ready market and it was shut down abruptly and later sold to LG with LG gaining unlimited access to all WebOS source code and documentation.

WebOS Open Source Edition is a software platform with innovative features that can be applied to various types of display products to household appliances and mobile devices. It is now open to web developers to design apps and services for WebOS OSE.

The first release allows Port WebOS ose to Raspberry Pi 3 and making it a lucrative option for IOT projects. This will be extended in the future to other types of devices as well.

More open Source Stuff

enact is used as the web App Framework for WebOS Open Source Edition. Determine, which is also open source built on respond UI library. It is optimized for WebOS and facilitates app development and provides reliable performance for apps in spite of complexity and size.

The WebOS OSE architecture consists of a set of layers that include core applications, managers and services, Application Framework, BSP/kernel and basic components. Check this out to find a detail of the WebOS Open Source Edition architecture.

According to the CTO of LG Electronics, “WebOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs to join the very exclusive group of operating systems that have been successfully marketed to that Mass level. As we move from an app-based environment to a WEB-based one, we believe that the true potential of WebOS has yet to be seen “.

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