Palm Gives Up On Palm OS, Time To Turn To Open Source?

Palm has finally decided to abandon its Palm OS operating system after an illustrious run of over twelve years in favour of its new webOS operating system that is expected to power its Pre range of smartphones.

When the first edition of Palm OS was lunched in 1996 it was arguably the most sophisticated operating system in its class and for many years was way ahead of competition.

However in recent years it had failed to keep up its technological superiority and its requirement for device specific tuning had considerably bogged down its popularity.

Now Palm believes that a clean break towards a new operating system is the way to go forward and its CEO Ed Colligan on Wednesday confirmed that Palm OS is being retired by mentioning that there would be “no more Palm OS-based products, we will transition to webOS as our core OS in addition to supporting Microsoft Windows products.”

Colligan also went on to add that Palm has no immediate plans to license its new webOS platform which Palm claims to be purposely designed to be highly extensible and quite developer-friendly.

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The death of Palm OS is a sad thing. But just like Netscape back in the days of yore, Palm could possibly be open sourced and released to the developers community. Palm OS's demise came during the week that saw emergence of haiku, the open source operating system that has been inspired by BeOS, another defunct operating system.

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