Open webOS gets a new release and a new name: LuneOS

HP failed to make a success of webOS after taking control of the operating system with its acquisition of Palm, but years later, the OS still lives on in various forms. HP licensed webOS to LG for use on some of its smart TVs, but it is also made more widely available to the developer community under an open-source license. 

The Open webOS effort has been continuing for some time now, with developers working on porting the OS to other devices. As Engadget reports today, the project now has a new name - LuneOS - and a new release is now available for brave souls to download and install on a selection of devices. 

The list of devices that this version supports is pretty short though; only the HP TouchPad, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google Nexus 7 (2012 edition with Wi-Fi) are currently supported.

The list is actually growing even shorter too, as the development team say that they plan to focus future efforts solely on the Nexus 4 and TouchPad. But they hope that other developers will step in to fill the void, and help to extend support for LuneOS to other hardware in the future. 

The team behind LuneOS say that they'll be making monthly updates to add features and improve stability and performance. If you've got one of the supported devices and want to try something new (or old, depending on how you look at it), more details and installation info can be found via the source link. 

Source: webOS Ports via Engadget | image via Engadget

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WebOS is a great OS, I used it extensively a couple years ago, would be nice seeing this or Sailfish, Jolla or Blackberry OS make some moves in the mobile market. We need a third to Android and iOS...and we all know its not going to be Windows Phone

I got a webOS phone at launch. Battery lasted 1 hr, apps took forever to open and it crashed. The apps were also terrible. Most sane people thought it was horrible but the Palm fans.

Deihmos said,
I got a webOS phone at launch. Battery lasted 1 hr, apps took forever to open and it crashed. The apps were also terrible. Most sane people thought it was horrible but the Palm fans.

Nope, just nope

winrez said,
I think they misspelled it, it was supposed to be LoonOS

Agreed. What an unbelievably stupid name.

Sounds more like a hobby project at this time than anything that has a future. Doubt it'll really go anywhere...

oh boy, I can't help but think HP is a bipolar company. First it burns them that nobody cared about web-OS so they wage open war on windows as pay back. Then they get burned by chromebooks and android failing to really capitalize on any market opportunity so they are back to MSFT embracing low cost windows netbooks again...and suddenly webOS returns to the picture completing the cycle.

I suppose when your company is going around the toilet bowl, cycles are to be expected. Next up, HP re-embraces android.

this has nothing to do with HP though. WebOS was open-sourced and LuneOS is the result of that and it's completely separate from HP