LG Releases ‘Open Source Edition’ Of webOS Operating System

LG WebOS Open Source Edition

You might have heard about the webOS that finds a home in LG smart TVs nowadays. The Linux-based operating system was originally developed by Palm. Later, the company was acquired by HP and it released webOS on their TouchPad tablets.

webOS later landed in the hand of the South Korean electronics giant LG and made its way into smart TVs and smart refrigerators produced by the company. It was proprietary, but now, LG has decided to complete the long-due task of open sourcing webOS which was first proposed by HP.

As per the latest announcement, LG has released an open source edition of the webOS. The latest development is part of the company’s effort to expand webOS’ global footprint and moving towards its commercialization. LG has signed an MOU with the Korean federal agency NIPA to pitch webOS as an open and connectivity-rich platform for more device categories.

The webOS open source edition can be downloaded, along with other components from the newly created website www.webosose.org (source code on GitHub). There, users can also find other details including setup instructions. To try and test apps, webOS OSE 1.0 can be installed on a Raspberry Pi 3 having an 8GB (or higher capacity) microSD.

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