Palm and HP at OSCON2010: 'Open source is inevitable'

We’re here at OSCON2010 where HP’s Phil Robb and Palm’s Josh Marinacci just gave a talk on HP’s commitment to open source and how they play a major part in that space. Phil Robb discussed at length how they contribute by citing numbers: 90% of HP’s Printers, 50% of enterprise hardware and some 20% of personal systems employ open source technology. Robb went on to discuss some of the tools that HP has developed that can scan deep within the source code of software at the enterprise level to ascertain what kind of licensing it may have, the company’s commitment to testing software on their personal devices hardware that they wouldn’t ordinarily ship and posting the results on CommunityLinux.org, and how they give first-party support to a few distributions of open source operating systems.  These tools are necessary because as Robb said: “Open source is inevitable”.

Palm was naturally a part of this presentation as many components of webOS are open source, from the Linux Kernel all the way up to the WebKit web browser and V8 JavaScript engine. Unfortunately, Robb didn’t really delve into how Palm fits into HP’s overall open source strategy as I anticipated he would – he mentioned the company maybe once or twice – and Josh Marinacci from developer relations gave a brief 15 minute demonstration of Ares and gave a few phones away at the end of the presentation.  
 
Lack of meaningful announcements aside, it was still good to hear that HP is a huge player in open source (which bodes well for the homebrew community) and great see Palm’s Developer Relations team in action evangelizing the product.  Hopefully, we’ll see something in the way of a product announcement sometime soon. 
 

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Oh Boy!

Yawn. meh. major apps please. new phones please.

There are going to be a lot of more keynotes from here to a palm hardware announcement because HP is in a lot of areas and they follow that approach. What they are doing is taking advantage of that and evangelizing also about Palm.

So you can yawn at pleasure on every one of them; albeit that might make the palm community seems a little bit obnoxious.

I thank the precentral guy for going to the open source conference and inform us about this. I knew about this one but I thought it wasnt even going to be covered.

yep i yawn at every one of them. i just don't care about any of this stuff. this is like a programmer focus now. it's all developer this and open source that conference that. sorry i'm just not into that stuff. like joystick.com is a video game site but it's not all game programmer conference stuff. it's actually about xbox, or upcoming games, and accessories. it's consumer focused. i'm a consumer. i'm more into consumer news. But there hasn't been any in months. anyways to each his own.

Here's an idea then.... Quit complaining about hardware and apps in articles that aren't relevant to those issues. Do something more positive with your time.

here's an idea. I'll do what i please. ha ha.

New hardware anouncement would be very nice. Are there any conventions or venues coming up that would be a great way to announce such things? I really dont want to wait until CES, and all the rumors point toward a fall release.

Hope one day at one of these events that it will be new hardware! *singing*All I want for christmas is a new palm phone.

no news on new hardware makes me a sad panda :(

Looks bumpin'...

ditto! It's time. Let's get this ball rolling! I can't wait to see what's coming...a leak, a peak, something! I'm loyal, I'm patient, but I really want some sexier hardware!

I'm kinda getting sick of HP.

this should be called

HPcentral.

well your gonna be sick for long time there greg. It's all about HP doing palm right

lol maybe a month into HP owning Palm and he's sick of hearing about HP?

Better to talk HPalm than to talk "remember Palm?".

Palm was great- then lagged, then failed. Good thing HP recognized value and possibilities of webOS. Mainstream recognition is vital.

it's either this, or we can all choose to be BB drones or iSheep.

You forgot ...Androids

Better to talk HPalm than to talk "remember Palm?".

Palm was great- then lagged, then failed. Good thing HP recognized value and possibilities of webOS. Mainstream recognition is vital.

it's either this, or we can all choose to be BB drones or iSheep.

I choose HP and Palm. I believe very much how dominant WebOS is over the other platforms. Our pres are first run items (all first run hardware is iffy) given their next product release (hope) it will have to be amazing in comparison to the others out there. I'm glad palm isn't shoveling numerous phones out every few months.

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