Can WebOS Rise Above Clouds of Skepticism?

HP’s decision to open source its webOS mobile operating system may have met with some early cheers from observers glad to see the company’s indecision come to an end, but much of that relief has been increasingly tempered by sentiments of a darker kind. “WebOS is doomed to fail” read one headline. “Open Sourcing The Platform Is The Death Of WebOS” agreed another. Much as many are relieved the technology won’t be left to languish any longer, in other words, there’s also considerable skepticism about the ultimate consequences of the move — even among open source fans.

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