HP have announced that their operating system, webOS, is to be made available to the open source community.
The company will also “continue to be active in the development and support of webOS”.
“By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices,” they said in a press release.
HP also stated that they will contribute the ENYO application framework for the OS at some point soon.
It is expected that the availability of webOS will help to accelerate development of the software and it will be accessible under an open source license.
Devs will be able to build apps using standard web technologies and it will offer multi-platform and multi-device functionality.
“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer.
“By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”
HP will continue to be “an active participant and investor in the project” and say that there will be “good, transparent and inclusive governance to avoid fragmentation.”
Interested devs can put forward ideas and suggestions at the HP blog.
Analysts told the BBC that the long term future of the OS would most likely lie in powering peripheral devices such as printers.
HP initially bought webOS in order to run it on their tablets and smartphones, before deciding not to go ahead with the planned range of devices.