The official open-sourcing of webOS began today with the release of Enyo 2.0 to developers. Along with today’s release, HP also detailed a nine-month roadmap culminating in the full release of Open webOS 1.0 this September. The full details are available on the HP webOS Developer Blog. Enyo, the javascript-based application framework at the core of webOS 3.0, is now open source, and today’s release includes all of Enyo 1.0 as well as the core of version 2.0, which will serve as the framework’s foundation going forward.

A few things are potentially welcomed news for fans of the newly open-sourced platform. First, HP mentioned the possibilty of switching webOS to the standard Linux Foundation kernel. This could create an Android-esque situation in which the platform is more easily installed on diverse hardware by devs and OEMs alike. The dream of an HTC-made webOS phone lives on! Second, HP said it’s looking into the possibility of Open webOS 1.0 support across all existing webOS hardware. So don’t throw that Pre Plus away just yet, oh ye of eternal Synergy faith. TouchPad owners should look for an easily installed version of the platform towards the end of this coming summer, as well.

What’s most newsworthy about Enyo 2.0 itself is that it’s now browser independent. Where version one was tied to WebKit, developers will now be able to write Open webOS apps to run in other browsers like Chrome, Firefox and IE as well as WebKit-based offerings including Safari. I’m not saying that’ll be enough to make good on webOS’ once enormous potential as the modern operating system of choice, but it’s hope-inducing news nonetheless.

There’s more to dig into, including details about UI Widgets, HTML5 and even Flash. And some positive-sounding talk about communication and the whole “it takes a village” thing. Which, honestly, it often does – takes a village, that is.

Anyone out there have programming chops and an interest in Open webOS? Take Enyo 2.0 for a spin and tell us what you think!

[Source: HP webOS Developer Blog]