Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

webOS Open Source Edition 2.1 Released For Continuing The Palm/HP/LG Linux Distro

Filed under
OS
Linux
Gadgets

Released at the end of October to little fanfare was webOS Open Source Edition 2.0, the open-source Linux OS currently in development by LG for use on their Smart TVs and other digital products. With webOS Open Source Edition 2.0, they began setting their sights on automobiles and other potential use-cases. That was then extended by this week's release of webOS OSE 2.1.

WebOS Open Source Edition is the open-source spin of this Linux OS that has been controlled by LG Electronics now for the past number of years. This is the operating system formerly developed at Palm a decade ago already before being acquired by HP. The initial webOS Open-Source Edition came last year while this second installment arrived at the end of October.

Read more

Direct: webOS OSE 2.1.0 Release

webOS OSE 2.0 Adds Support for Rapsberry Pi 4, Dual Displays

Android and iOS may currently dominate the smartphone OS...

  • webOS Open Source Edition adds support for Raspberry Pi 4, dual displays, and more

    Android and iOS may currently dominate the smartphone operating system space, but a one-time rival is still alive and kicking. It’s just not designed to run on phones anymore.

    Last year LG released webOS Open Source Edition in an effort to bring the software to new platforms. And a series of recent updates have added support for new hardware and laid the groundwork for webOS OSE to be used in automotive systems as well as other types of products,

webOS Open Source Edition 2.0 keeps Palm’s spirit alive in cars

  • webOS Open Source Edition 2.0 keeps Palm’s spirit alive in cars and IoT

    Palm’s name may have recently been revived in a small way, quite literally, with a tiny companion Android phone. Ever since it got bought then sold by HP, however, Palm has been nothing more than a historical footnote in the consumer tech market. That’s not to say its legacy doesn’t live on today and at least one effort is trying to keep it on life support thanks to version 2.0 of the webOS Open Source Edition.

    webOS was born in a time when Android and iOS didn’t yet have a duopoly on the mobile market. As the name that has become synonymous with PDAs, Palm tried to reinvent and make itself more relevant with the Linux-based webOS and its card-centric interface for phones. It failed and was later acquired by HP who tried to do the same for tablets. That too failed and webOS was sold off to LG to use for its smart TVs before unleashing an Open Source Edition last year.

    That webOS OSE, as it is called, reached a version 2.0 milestone last month, proving that the project was still alive. Just last week, version 2.1 was also released, proving it was more than just alive, it was also well and kicking. Better yet, at least for fans, it was growing beyond its smart TV confines and into smart homes and smart cars.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Meet The New Linux Desktop That Offers A Unique Twist On Ubuntu 19.10

Are you a fan of the Cinnamon Desktop used in Linux Mint, but prefer more recent software and the familiarity of the Ubuntu ecosystem? If so, there’s a brand new spin of Ubuntu 19.10 that may interest you. Say hello to Ubuntu Cinnamon (or, as Michael Tunnell from This Week in Linux cleverly dubbed it, “CinnaBuntu”). Ubuntu Cinnamon is a brand new “remix” project that incorporates the Cinnamon Desktop Environment into Ubuntu. It’s not an official “flavor” of Ubuntu, but the developers are hoping that — like Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu MATE before it — it’s welcomed by both the community and Canonical to eventually join the ranks of the official Ubuntu family. Read more

Google Releases Chrome 79 for Linux, Windows, and Mac with 51 Security Fixes

Chrome 79 has been in development since earlier this fall and entered beta testing at the end of October, when Google gave us a glimpse of the new features and improvements to come. And now, users can now enjoy all of them if they update their Chrome web browser to version 79.0.3945.79, which is rolling out now to Linux, Windows, and Mac desktop platforms. With Chrome 79, Google brings VR (Virtual Reality) support to the Web with a new API called WebXR Device API, which allows developers to create immersive experiences for smartphones, as well as head-mounted displays. This also paves the way for the development of many other similar emerging technologies, among which we can mention AR (Augmented Reality). Read more Direct:Stable Channel Update for Desktop

The latest Linux kernel is headed to Chromebooks in the very near future and that’s a big deal

For those of you who may not be familiar with the subject, Google’s Chrome OS that powers millions of Chromebooks is built on the Linux kernel. I’ll save you the long-winded explanation of what the Linux kernel is and how it works for two reasons. One, it would take all day. Two, I’m not a developer and I would likely confuse myself and you in the process. Apart from numerous Linux distributions and Chrome OS, the Linux kernel is at the heart of the Android operating system as well as various embedded devices and products such as smart TVs and webcams. Read more

Qt for MCUs 1.0 is now available

Qt for MCUs enables creation of fluid graphical user interfaces (GUI) with a low memory footprint on displays powered by microcontrollers (MCU). It is a complete graphics toolkit with everything needed to design, develop, and deploy GUIs on MCUs. It enables a unified technology approach for an entire product line to create a consistent and branded end user experience. Watch the Qt for MCUs video showcasing different use cases. Qt for MCUs 1.0 has already been adopted by lead customers in Japan, Europe and the US, who have started developing their next generation product. This release has been tested on microcontrollers from NXP, Renesas and STMicroelectronics. The software release contains Platform Adaptations for NXP i.MX RT1050 and STM32F769i as the default Deployment Platforms. Platform Adaptations for several other NXP and STM32 microcontrollers as well as the Renesas RH850 microcontroller are available as separate Deployment Platform Packages. On request, Qt Professional Services can provide new Platform Adaptions for additional microcontrollers. Read more