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Google Adopts webOS

Google webOS? No. April Fools!
Image: Google webOS logo

In a surprise announcement today, Google confirmed they were going to develop the webOS mobile operating system – the critically praised, but ultimately abandoned project created by Palm Inc., before being sold, then cancelled by HP in it’s recent turbulent period.
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Android chroot

Android in a card!
Android screen grab: Nikolay Nizov

Root is the base level directory on a Linux system. webOS is at base, a Linux system. All branches of the file system and therefore the whole system stem from the root. Android is also a Linux based system that runs from a root directory. There is a technique known as chroot (change root) that enables you to run a second system within another by creating a subsystem in which the secondary system appears to have the root directory.

If you pay much attention to the shifts and changes in the mobile phone market, you will be aware that over the past couple of years there has been increasing consolidation. These days the market is dominated by Apple’s iphone and most of all, by the many models running the Android operating system. This system – at least in its basic form is open source software. Naturally, many developers therefore take advantage of this ‘off the shelf’ operating system. New entrants and existing challengers in the market have tried to leverage Android and specifically, it’s large app catalogue to gain an advantage. This includes Blackberry, Jolla (sailfishOS) and there are reports that even Microsoft are considering a means to run Android apps on Windows phone. There are also projects that offer existing Android users the opportunity to install a customised version. The most notable of these is Cyanogenmod, which can now be installed on a wide range of hardware.

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ACL Release – Part 2

ACL for webOS is back! The first release having been pulled back in December, issues around GPL code have hopefully now been resolved and release number 1.2.0 is available for Kickstarter backers and those who pre-ordered.

You should note that PIC advise doctoring your Touchpad prior to install, so having downloaded and secured the precious package, you might want to hold off and backup your device properly before proceeding to doctor and install your new toy.

It seems a full public release has not yet happened, but you can expect a review soon here on pivotCE. Check the new thread for this release on the webOS Nation forum or tell us your experiences in the comments below.

webOS meet up: San Francisco

With the recent news around webOS, it appears there has also been a slight resurgence of interest from the community in meeting each other – you know, in the actual flesh!

The webOS user is, perhaps always was, a rare creature. Spotting one is tough. A group together? Get out your video camera and record their strange rituals for posterity!

Recently, there were proposed meet ups in New York City & Chicago (details are frustratingly sparse). Our own esteemed editor, Alan Morford is drumming up interest for a meeting near Springfield, VA. Date TBC.

But for now, your best bet to catch those elusive webOS creatures grazing at the waterhole is near where webOS was created: San Francisco. If you live, work or are visiting the area, February the 4th is a day to enter into your calendar app. Timed to coincide with Apps world (There is talk of free passes), this is your chance to meet some of the people who actually develop the very system you are using! Here’s the link: post-CES/post-2014 Wrap-up! – webOS Meetup: SF Bay Area (San Francisco, CA) – Meetup. Bean Bird’s attendance is currently unconfirmed.

If you are organising or know of any webOS related events, pivotCE is interested to spread the word. Let us know!

HP attempts to sell Palm patents – again.

Yesterday we heard a rumour from Bloomberg news that Hewlett Packard was seeking buyers for some of its mobile IP, very possibly including the patent portfolio it acquired from Palm Inc.

Of course, this is not the first time HP has attempted to make this sale, but it is suggested that certain restrictive conditions have been removed to make the patents more appealing to buyers.

Quite what this implies for the future of webOS is unclear at this time. There is an Open source version of webOS in the hands of community members and LG continues to develop their TV system. LG in fact would probably be the preferred buyer for all of us as they seem to have some faith in the system and are a significant player in the mobile sphere. There is however, no evidence that they have any interest in developing webOS as a mobile operating system.

If you enjoy predicting the future, speculating on possibilities or prophesying doom, leave your comment below.

The webOS Nation thread is here.

Source: Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Seeking to Sell Mobile Patents – Bloomberg