The WebOS operating system
The WebOS operating system, which is based on the Linux kernel but which contains proprietary components. As reflected in its name, it is design specifically for accessing the web from mobile devices.
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“WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment,” said Hurd. “We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices. Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very [strong] value proposition.”
Today saw the public unveiling of a new cooperative effort among suppliers to further develop the open source operating system Linux for use on consumer mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet PCs.
Last month, HP revealed that a version of its tablet PC hardware running on webOS will be available in October. The company indicated that a number of devices could use the operating system in future, including even printers.
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