Open webOS Beta Is Here!

Open webOS August Edition

Today’s release provides— not one— but two build environments.

Our desktop build provides the ideal development environment for enhancing the webOS user experience with new features and integrating state of the art open source technologies. Developers can now use all their desktop tools on powerful development machines.

Our OpenEmbedded build provides the ideal development environment for porting webOS to new and exciting devices.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

OpenEmbedded was a natural choice for many reasons:

Its widespread community adoption
Excellent cross-compiling support for embedded platforms
And support for multiple hardware architectures

The build provides an ARM emulator, running core services such as db8 and node.js.We are actively converging on an OE Core image which boots to System Manager and the full webOS experience.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Now begins the long wait for the ski77ed to get their hands on this so they can make it possible for us unskilled peons to use it on actual devices.

Someone has already begun to play …

But he is the first with it on the desktop:

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the States. A three-day weekend. Maybe by Monday someone will have the ARM embedded version on an actual tablet?

And will someone try it on a Nook Touch?

Stay tuned!

Update, Friday August 31, 2012: And here is @ekdikeo’s Open webOS Beta Ubuntu desktop screensnap:

Second Update, Friday August 31, 2012:

Third Update, Friday August 31, 2012:

Additional:

Open webOS 1.0 Beta

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