05/22/2013, 08:39 PM
Only a few more hours to go.
I don't have a Touchpad, but if it comes off, the ACL will bring some neglected Touchpads back into use and extend the usefulness and therefore the lives of all Touchpads. This will hopefully retain users on a webOS platform for a while longer.
An upgrade to a newer version of Android will also help as will a port to the Pre3. However, it's clear that 'adding Android' to webOS is not an ideal solution, though the fact that Blackberry and Sailfish are also using this approach suggest it's a wise move for new or minority OSes in the face of the vast app catalogues of the established players.
A great solution is for LG to release a version of webOS on a new device. They have the technology, experience and pockets to do it properly. The other great solution is of course a successful port of OpenwebOS. This could ultimately be the ideal solution as it brings more control to the user. If there is a feature you want, there's a chance someone will have made a patch for it and if not (and you want it badly enough), you could learn how to add it yourself. However, it's worth noting that successful large Open-source projects are very likely to have significant corporate investment and development. (Linux, Android, Mozilla, Ubuntu, etc). They also have or are able to run on, readily available hardware.
But you have to start somewhere before the wallets of the big investors are attracted. I think a successful port of Open webOS will spark interest from a wider group of developers (xdadevelopers being an obvious first candidate) who will be eager to tinker with a high quality OS on newer hardware (and hey! Now comes with Android on board!). Perhaps the result will be an even better webOS and one that is developed much faster, but for now that is so much dreaming.
As said before, there are only two games in town that we are aware of: PIC/OM with ACL and webOS-Ports. Apparently, neither really need my money - at least at the moment, but I've made small donations to both on the basis of putting my money where my mouth is, in the hope that there may be some benefit to me in the future and finally because I don't like seeing quality products falling by the wayside.
I am surprised to see PIC not only hit, but surpass their target so quickly. Given this apparent success, perhaps it's time to consider what this community can do to help the Open webOS port.