Today is a very exciting day for Open webOS. The Linux Standard Kernel (LSK) version 3.3 was released today by Linus Torvalds. When you read the release notes you will see some very significant functionality that we did not have in webOS. It incorporates new functionality such as the TI C6X and all ARM and Intel Chips. It also implements Open vSwitch, which is a more scalable kernel feature to prevent buffer overflow on TCP/IP v6.
We are very excited to announce that we will be publishing additional components from the current release of webOS for the TouchPad, version 3.0.5, at opensource.palm.com. In future discussions, we will refer to these components at opensource.palm.com as the “Community Edition.” Look for this effort to be completed in June. (Note that this release is not directly related to our Open webOS project, which remains dedicated to open sourcing an up-leveled version of webOS.)
[Updated to clarify availability of the Enyo UI widgets.]
The web increasingly provides the best option for cross-platform development. It continues to be rapidly adopted and improved upon by a wide variety of platforms. Developers look to standards-based web development as a way of deploying across the mobile landscape, maximizing the potential market. We’re seeing proof of that with the adoption of Enyo, which has been downloaded 40,000 times in only three weeks. With today’s release, webOS remains at the forefront of this emerging standard.
Editor’s note: Today, we bring you another in a series of regular posts from Sam Greenblatt, the chief technology officer and head of technical strategy for the open webOS project.
After catching our breath from the first of many open source releases of webOS, we needed to get back to work to deliver on our commitments for February.
A key part of those commitments, as we shared in our roadmap, are extensions to QtWebKit. We are very fortunate to have a great WebKit team, led by Leonid Zolotarev. You will see an enhanced QtWebKit, a first look at the webOS governance structure (which will based on Apache methodologies), as well a few additional surprises, in the February release.