The biggest news story this week had to be Hewlett-Packard’s decision to open source their webOS operating system. HP’s CEO, Meg Whitman, made the announcement last Friday and the buzz hasn’t died down since. Whether optimistic, pessimistic or cautiously in between, it seems everyone had something to add to the dialog. Therefore, we’ll start this Wrap Up by highlighting some of the varied stories swirling around the webOS news.
- On ZDNet, Jason Perlow’s blog, “HP’s webOS is going Open Source. Now what?” discussed what the future may hold for webOS..
- Upon hearing the webOS news, Brian Proffitt asks “What will an open webOS mean for Tizen?” on ITWorld.
- Although HP is stopping development of webOS phones, Leena Rao reported on TechCrunch that “HP’s Whitman: We’ll Make WebOS-Powered Tablets In 2013.”
- On InfoWorld, Neil McAllister weighed in on the webOS announcement by sharing his opinion on “How HP and open source can save WebOS.”
Now that we’ve covered the HP webOS announcement, let’s move onto other open source stories worth mentioning from this week:
- Another great blog about open data was published on ComputerWorldUK by Glyn Moody: “Open Data: Europe Starts to Get It.”
- Klint Finley blogged about the “Infographic: The Most Popular Tools and Services Among Developers” on ServicesAngel with statistics from a recent developer poll by BestVendor (and frequent OSD contributor, Peter Vescuso, teased out some interesting open source trends in his follow-up post, “Occupy Software Development Tools – Not Quite the 99% for Open Source.”)
- OStatic published Sam Dean’s predictions for “Why 2012 Is Shaping Up to Be a Banner Year for Linux in the Cloud”
- “Can open source save the planet?” is the question the Open Source Ecology project aims to answer with a ‘yes’ in this article by Rohan Pearce on ComputerWorldUK.
- Matthew Aslett cited Black Duck Software’s open source license data in his 451 CAOS Theory blog, “On the continuing decline of the GPL.”
- The H Open reported on IT authorities in Germany and Switzerland working with the Open Source Business Alliance to improve how OOXML documents are presented in the open source office suites, LibreOffice and OpenOffice: “European IT authorities want better OOXML in Libre/OpenOffice”
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