THE OPEN WEBOS PROJECT HAS ANNOUNCED the latest attempt to rebrand the troubled operating system WebOS.
The newly rechristened LuneOS will concentrate on just two devices initially, the HP Touchpad and the Nexus 4 smartphone.
WebOS began life as the great hope for Palm, which was bought by HP, which then unceremoniously ditched WebOS, leading to lawsuits from disgruntled former Palm shareholders.
LG took up the mantle of WebOS to power its range of Smart TVs, to mixed reviews. Meanwhile an open source group with the blessing of HP, which retains the original patents, has rechristened it LuneOS, which sounds a lot better than "Open WebOS".
The HP Touchpad is the logical starting point, having been the last device to run WebOS. When HP abandoned it, massive fire sales resulted in a high-end device being sold off for as little as $99. Many are still being used after being converted to run Android, but now they will be actively updated once again.
The LuneOS blog explains, "All work for each release is visible to the public and users can also update to unreleased stages to support the developers with testing and bug fixing. Our overall aim is to deliver high quality software which is stable and satisfies the needs of our users. We plan to have a new release at the beginning of each month."
Users of alpha releases on other devices including the Nexus 7 will be able to download this new stable release, named "Affogato", but it will not be actively supported by the team. Affogato begins the naming convention for builds of LuneOS, which will be named after types of coffee.
Future versions will include a complete rewrite of the Lunasysmanager app at the heart of the operating system, from which LuneOS derives its name. µ