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HP is planning to put WebOS onto every PC it sells in 2012 in an attempt to attract developers to the platform, not to mention selling HP as a provider of cloud services. The promise came during a presentation to Indian staff by Leo Apotheker, observed by Bloomberg, during which the CEO said that WebOS will be installed on every …

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Sounds interesting

My IT skills are a little fuzzy when it comes to embedded platforms, etc - does this mean a HP lappy could dual boot between Windows and WebOS? That could be really fun for trying it out with the questionable safety net of Win 7 as back up.

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It depends

It could dual boot just as Windows & Linux can now or it could run WebOS in WIndows (or Linux) using VirtualBox just as either can now. WebOS in any case is just basically Linux

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Re: sounds interesting

> does this mean a HP lappy could dual boot between Windows and WebOS?

No, that was my first impression too but it sounds a lot more mundane. As part of the crapware HP installs on all the Windows PCs it ships you will basically get an app that is a webos virtual machine. This will allow you to install and run webos apps from within windows.

I can't imagine many businesses being too happy that their work pcs are turning up with a VM installed that connects to an online marketplace. Although, of course, most businesses wipe their PCs the second they arrive on the bench though that would limit the effectives of HPs attempt to put webos on every pc it sells.

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businesses wiping PCs

depends on the destination/volume of PCs

I was involved in rolling out 30+ Dell PCs once. We had the option of sending our own image to Dell and they would install it for us. In the end we had too much of a mix of images so we just did it on site, but the point remains that you don't _have_ to install your own image as soon as you get the PC.

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Other than the image wipe thing, most companies filter web traffic anyway. I'm sure web app stores would be treated just the same as web shopping, youtube, etc.

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Apotheker is ex-SAP

And if I'm not misrepresenting things, SAP has a bit of a 'we hate MS' culture.

Apart from that, it's very interesting. webOS is obviously native on ARM. Windows 8 will be released for ARM. Should Intel be worried that they could lose one of their larger customers?

How will consumers react? Will they even be aware that there is a second OS?

One thing I would like for iOS apps is try-before-you-buy via the iTunes Store on the desktop. would this enable it for webOS apps aimed at mobile devices?

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SAP doesn't hate MS

SAP supports Windows and it is sole reason for big ass windows sales for MS. I mean the 32 CPU+ giant windows server machines.

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Linux

At last - 2012 the year of the Linux desktop

Maybe webOS is when Linux will make the mainstream

2012 - year of the Linux desktop!

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2012... didn't the Mayans say something about this?

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Gates Horns

Mayan Prophecies

Sure, but who knew the prophecies referred to Redmond?

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WEBOS????????????

I prefer the OS in the BIOS.

I like the gate software on Asus motherboards and boot into this tiny OS where I can browse the internet without logging into Windows.

It is like a breath of fresh air really.

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Well, well, well, what do we have here!

It seems HP has grown a pair of shiny new big balls but I'm pretty sure Microsoft will take care of this singlehandedly as soon as they'll find out about it.

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"Microsoft will take care of this singlehandedly .."

Or maybe not

"For the times they are a changin'"

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FAIL

huh?

Who is this Microsoft you are talking about and why should anyone care?

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Gates Horns

Oh, really?

Just look a this gem :

http:// techrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/px03112.pdf

it's an eye-opening US court document

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A little more detail please?

AC - I tend to avoid opening PDFs posted via random URLs on comment forums (too many adobe exploits out there). Care to perhaps define the content a little better for those of us with an inherrent distrust of our fellow man?

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Suggestion

Yes I have one - don't use Adobe products to view .pdf.

On a sensible OS there's loads of choices (i.e the default KDE or Gnome .pdf readers) non of which seem constantly prone to serious major vulnerabilities.

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@Yossarian

>Yes I have one - don't use Adobe products to view .pdf.

That's not really sound advice; given one area Adobe really have led the field is in bringing cross-platform vulnerabilities to the massive.

Only guaranteed way of safely viewing a PDF is printed. Classic Catch-22 appropriately enough.

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@AC 10th March 01:10 GMT

Cross-platform but the payload is still Windows only. you didn't notice, did you ?

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@Battsman

Good habit when you're running Windows! Actually in order to be safe, you should just turn the damn thing off completely.

Here's the non-pdf version :

http:// techrights.org/2009/01/30/microsoft-intel-anti-linux/

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Signed code is not a security feature

Unfortunately HP doesn't seem to have noticed that.

Other than that, it's just obvious to run your browser in a virtual machine.

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WTF?

BeOS

Be OS finally returns to desktop?

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Right, Evil from the eighth dimension and all.

The last time I downloaded a printer driver from this company I had to reload windows.

Strike that, I had to wipe the hard drive and reload windows and back ups.

I am certainly going to trust a WebOs from these incompetent f*ckups.

But no, I am not bitter; no not at all.

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