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HP Lays Off 275 webOS Workers For Open Source Transition

Yesterday was a dark day for HP, as a company source disclosed that the technology corporation had decided to sack 275 members of staff in their webOS group. The move is part of the company's strategy to convert the operating system into an open-source community.

A year ago the tech giant declared that it would discontinue making any devices running on the operating system developed by Palm, with HP then launching this software under the Apache Licence 2.0 that the company bought from Palm back in 2010.

With the webOS converting into an open-source software, the specialist skills of the several engineers involved are no longer required.

The company said: "This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP's commitment to the software over the long term," reported PC World.

HP further clarified that they were trying to deploy those affected by the cut to a different position within the company.

In the middle of rolling out the webOS governance model earlier this month, HP revealed that the new Open webOS will include several projects including Enyo, WebKit/Isis, the webOS System Manager, a JavaScript framework as well as the Linux standard kernel.

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