Hewlett-Packard's decision to release WebOS as open-source software doesn't bode well for the future of the project.
There are two common outcomes when companies convert a complicated proprietary project into open-source software. One is that a vibrant community of contributors grows up around the project, expanding its abilities, broadening its popularity, and making it into a better component of a broader technology package.
The other is that the project, tossed over its sponsor's transom, sinks beneath the waves.
I think HP would like the first outcome based on Chief Executive Meg Whitman's high hopes: "By … Read more