Harry - 4:31 pm on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
You're not making sense. HP announced that they would be making webOS a week ago. A WEEK AGO. In the press releases and many interview Withman and Andreesen gave, they mentioned that they have not figured out which open source license they would be using; they mentioned that Enyo would be available first. They can't dumped the code in the open and call it all open source, when much of the stuff in there is licensed from other companies. For example the Acrobat reader they use is based on code from a third party. They can't release that out in the open. They don't own that... They have to clean up the code of proprietary stuff first. The move was even a news for the Palm team which had no clue it was coming. They are the ones that are gonna have to start cleaning up the code and figuring out what can be released, not Withman and Andreesen.
But you want them to make it all open and available a week after they announced it? Are you just complaining just to complain? Some of the comments in the thread you linked to are ridiculous.
People had been waiting for HP to say what they would do with webOS. They announce it A WEEK AGO and people are complaining because the code - a mature mobile OS that's been out on phones and tablets for the last four years as a completely locked in and proprietary intellectual property was not available the moment it was announced.
Palm's employees, fans and the industry wanted answers. They got them now. Can we give them a break and actually allow them to implement it, instead of complaining?
Having worked with webOS extensively, I know there's tons of good nuggets in there. All webmasters, devs and designers will benefit from this code being open. It's the equivalent of Google making their many public APIs public. It's way more code than Twitter released recently. It's way more complex than webkit. Palm has enough patents to protect any manufacturer from attacks from Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, Nokia, Rim or Oracle - they have the patent on the smartphone, three way calling, airplane mode, shifting luminosity when exposed to sunlight, tablets that dock on keyboard bases and a lot more. It's the only company not being sued because of patents because they freaking own the patents on core smartphone tech. Can people give them a chance to actually release the code and see if the project takes off?.
I still can't believe people are complaining about the code not being available A WEEK after they announced it would be open sourced.