Open WebOS committed to fall 2012

Hewlett-Packard unveils a timeline for when the struggling WebOS will be fully open source. But will anybody care?

Hewlett-Packard kicked the first open source component to WebOS out the door today, along with a calendar for when its source code will be completely open.

The first part of WebOS to go open is Enyo, which also received a version bump to 2.0 today. Enyo is a developer's tool for writing a single app that will work across multiple mobile devices and PC browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, iOS, Android, and WebOS itself.

The company plans to release several components per month from now until September. February will get the intended project governance model, QT WebKit extensions, JavaScript core, and UI Enyo widgets. March will see the standard Linux kernel, graphics extensions EGL, LevelDB, and USB extensions. Node services, Ares 2.0, and an update to Enyo land in April, followed by a break until July, when the Luna system manager, core applications, and Enyo 2.2 will be opened. August gets a build release model and an Open WebOS beta, with version 1.0 of the source code landing in September.

HP added that all WebOS code will be released under the Apache license.

As my colleague Roger Cheng noted in December when the company announced its decision to open WebOS, with the exception of Linux, the most successful open-source projects receive great scads of cash. What HP didn't reveal was how much backing the struggling operating system will continue to receive.