HP's open-sourcing of webOS continues today, with the release of the underlying Isis web browser along with a governance model and more of the Enyo components developers will need to create their own webOS devices and apps. Enyo has already been downloaded 40,000 times in the three weeks since its release, the team says, and now there's the Isis Project, "a fast, standards-compliant web browser engine," to go along with it.
Isis is based on the QtWebKit engine, itself released into open-source by Nokia, and the webOS teams have apparently been working some time to bring the platform over to it. The promise is boosted performance and broader compatibility with sites in general; however, there'll also be "enhanced support" for legacy products, including Flash.
As for the Open webOS Governance Model, that's been based on the Apache way and laid out as follows:
- Open webOS will made available under the Apache license, Version 2.0.
- Open webOS will use the contributor committal model in use on most open source projects.
- Open webOS will be segmented into multiple projects to give developers ample opportunity to join and remain active in the development effort.
- The Open webOS project website will host a wiki, a source code repository, a mailing list, and a bug tracking system.
- We will use Github or an equivalent tool to as the code repository.
- We will use JIRA or an equivalent tool to track issues.
- Our plan is to allow multiple committers to branch and merge code in the open to allow multiple development branches to occur at once.
These latest releases keep pace with HP's schedule of open-sourcing webOS, which has been broken down into a series of monthly milestones. Together with Enyo, released last month, today's tools supposedly allow for "an immersive user environment that can be built on any web platform", something we think Mozilla might be pleased about. Iris is compatible with HP TouchPad devices running webOS 3.0.5, meanwhile.