Category Archives: WebOS

WebOS is alive and well

WebOS is alive and well
I have good news to break.
Ditching of its Tochpad in August by HP sent shivers down the spine of webOS user including those who bought the HP TouchPad for $99/= and the question what will happen to WebOs  was hanging in the air until December 9,2011
It seems to have weathered the storm for the time being.
It was good and smart move by present CEO.
In the hands of a new owner it would have died a natural death.
Good luck for WebOS and its developers.
Give it a second and a prolong life.
We need alternative Androids in the market.
It is soothing to hear that WebOS will continue to be available as Open Source.
With the support of wordpress which ports it in its “applications store”, I am sure webOs will go through a golden patch in 2012.
history of WebOS from WikiPedia.
WebOS was introduced by Palm in January 2009 as the successor to Palm OS. 
The first WebOS device was the original Palm Pre, released on Sprint in June 2009. 
The Palm Pixi followed. 
Upgraded Plus versions of both Pre and Pixi were released on Verizon.
In April 2010, HP acquired Palm.
WebOS was described as a key asset and motivation for the purchase. 
The $1.2 billion acquisition finalized in June. 
HP indicated its intention to develop the WebOS platform for use in multiple new products, including smartphones, tablet computers and printers.
On February 9, 2011, HP announced that it would be making WebOS the universal platform for all of its devices.
In March 2011, HP announced plans for a version of WebOS by the end of 2011 to run within the Microsoft Windows operating system, and to be installed on all HP desktop and notebook computers in 2012.
On August 18, 2011, less than 7 weeks after the TouchPad was launched in the United States, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would discontinue all current hardware devices running webOS. 
Remaining TouchPad stock received substantial price reductions, and quickly sold out.
On December 9, 2011, HP announced that WebOS would be available as an open-source project, but that it would continue to develop and produce hardware.
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BrowesrLinux401

Browser Linux should be better known as Browser Pup and is a Puppy lupu 510 derivative solely for the purpose of web browsing an is much better than Webconverger8.

It boots up quickly connects to the internet with a warning to use proper Puppy if one needs word processing and other features.
It is less than 100 (92 ) MiB and cleverly disguises lot of utilities including gParted and mount all the partition at boot up. it can be installed in a USB stick.
It can be used only for downloads and web browsing but if know how Puppy works lot of other things sometimes dangerous in wrong hands.
One good feature is it has a firewall that can be configured to ones advantage.
If you are web frantic this is for you and I have saved it in my Dropbox for sharing with Linux guys and girls especially Puppy fans.

A New Way to Blog-WebOS

A New Way to Blog is WebOS
WordPress is adding, a cool way to blog on HP Touch pad.
It is called WeBbOS.
They say they will add this feature to other Touchpads soon with WYSWIG (What You See What You Get) approach.
Apple ipods will have to wait and probably customers will beg for it to be included in its applications list which is huge. in thousands.
Which is one reason I promote Ubuntu’s Unity approach, catch and go with the trends setters of modern age determined by OEM guys producing new gadgets.
It is sad the ones who paid for netbooks, have to buy another gadget and put the netbooks in the skeleton cupboard.
Unlike few years ago, new devises reach the market within a year of innovation except for  3 years as in the past.
I hope Kindlier also take giant strides.
It is heart worthy to note Amazon is introducing audio books for the visually handicaps.

Nothing is going to be roadworthy unless the software catch up with the gadgets that come by dozens.

Multitasking

There is some system lag when one tries to do multitasking with TouchPads.
This I consider a teething problem, every new gadget will have but given few years from now Linux in the fringe (not windows) will do all these faster than it is today.
There is lot of background activity when you activate any gadget.

I think now Linux has to refine time sharing activity to nanoseconds and not milliseconds. I believe Linux can achieve this with tweaking and compression and possibly adding a swop partition to its hard disk (small disk-SSD) upping the RAM memory.

Below is a comment I borrowed and reproduced from a tech writer.

The philosophy baked into the iPad of one app at a time might be viewed as a shortfall in some folk’s eyes, but it results in a smooth, consistent user experience for all of the millions of owners. Do one thing and do it well was advice from my Dad growing up, and it has served me well. It is serving Apple well too.

Postscript.

This was written before the bust up of HP and with it the WebOS.

It is time for the Linux guys and wordpress in particular to grab the opportunity and develop WebOS into a Universal Utility that everyone can have it and use it in any form of tablet (any OEM) which will hit the market including Apple’s iPad.