As a parent, Christmas time means I get to hear my 8 year old oggling over every toy commercial she sees. In fact, that’s usually the first indicator that I have to sit her down with a pencil and a piece of paper to get her to write a letter to Santa Claus. Once the letter is done I can remind her that she already wrote to Santa to make the begging lull…a bit.
But this year I got to thinking…what would I ask Santa for? I mean other than a unicorn and a rocket launcher, of course…here’re my top 3.
1. Open webOS Alpha 3’s release, more support for the @webosports Team, and LG to provide the Open webOS deliverables they promised. This is my top wish because this is the future of webOS. Without a guarantee from LG about webOS mobile devices in the future…it’s all resting on the Ports team. If you’re a developer, I need you to help them! Many hands make light work (think Elves…this is a Christmas list after all). LG promised a laundry list of items for the Open webOS effort and many of them have gone unfulfilled. We know LG has been actively hiring for webOS developers which could be part of the hold up but the Ports Team has been filling in gaps pretty much straight from Linux distributions. Not a bad idea at all but it would be nice if LG would step up their game and follow through on those promises because even with the Ports team making slow and steady progress the timetable is slipping. I mean I’ll wait but LG could make the wait shorter. It’d also be nice if they’d put up a message about their active work on it for the public to read.
2. webOS Nation to bring back the news. Don’t get me wrong here. pivotCE is filling a gap for English webOS news and so far it’s going pretty well. But we all know it’s not the flagship webOS news source that is webosnation.com and what a boost it would be for the community to get their favorite news source back. I’ll go to bed Christmas Eve with visions of webOS News dancing in my head. And I’ll wake up to a gift-wrapped RSS notification labeled From: webOS Nation To: ME!
3. ACL for webOS. Seriously. This year. For the love of God. If you asked me when we first heard about this plan I would have put all of my eggs in a basket labeled “this is going to make webOS last forever“. I have taken all but one egg from that virtual basket. A lackluster and buggy Preview gave us some hope while at the same time leaving a bad taste in kickstarter backers’ mouths. It’s been a month since the last Preview and all PIC and OM keep saying is it’s “almost” here. Without a working deadline…”almost” might as well be sometime after today but before the apocalypse. Why does the apocalypse feel closer? I’m still excited about it but the suspense is worse than listening for hoof steps on my roof.
So this is my list. What’s yours for webOS this holiday season?