webOS didn’t have an insanely huge number of fans but there definitely was a neat little community of enthusiasts, among which our own Michael Fisher, who never misses the opportunity to talk about the ex-Palm-ex-HP platform on our Pocketnow Weekly podcast (in the last episode we even talked about Open webOS).
For those looking forward for the Open webOS platform to grace their current hardware comes a piece of bad news. From the official blog we learn that the platform will not offer support for existing hardware: “For Open webOS we are aiming for support on future hardware platforms where SoC’s support Linux 3.3+ kernel and where open source replacements for proprietary components are integrated. Existing devices cannot be supported because of those many proprietary components, including graphics, networking and lack of drivers for a modern kernel (but of course, there is the Community Edition for those interested in improving the TouchPad).”
Of course, in order to move forward with new technologies (as stated above), often sacrifices need to be made. Whether it is a wise choice to alienate current device owners (in order to gain more (others) in the future) or not, well, only the market will tell.