08/05/2012, 01:20 PM
I just posted this in response to the most recent article How do you feel about HP not supporting older devices in Open webOS? | webOS Nation, and I felt the need to share it further.
You know what: I'm cool with it. Why? Because I can comprehend what it takes to support something, and I understand that if they were to support those legacy devices, undoubtedly MAJOR sacrifices would have to be made where it really matters: real webOS.
The truth that it doesn't support legacy devices is not a fault to the current coders -- that's an original design flaw the original webOS failed to acknowledge.
Think about Windows: it supports all hardware from Windows 95 all the way through Windows 7.. you can upgrade from one version to the next without any problems. When webOS was first made, it never accounted for the various processors and other hardware it would eventually run on. In summary, it was never designed with future hardware in mind.
All I can hope is that this new open source route will account for this, and all future versions of webOS will have support for whatever legacy hardware it runs on. This will be difficult because of the current non standardized ARM processor market, but it will be no more difficult than it is for Google, Microsoft, or Apple.
If done correctly, this should be the last time we have to face this problem.
TL;DR: HP is doing the right thing. We don't want them to (literally) waste time supporting hardware that barely made it into the hands of anyone. We all want a better webOS. If you want a better webOS, this is the correct decision.
My original intent for this thread was to share my positive thoughts and feelings with hopes that others would share the same positive thoughts and feelings I have.
Unfortunately, like a lot of threads here, it seems this thread has recently taken a turn for the worse. I'm afraid if it's not already another "bash HP" thread, it will be there soon.
This was not my goal.
WebOS fans have two choices: they can either hate the past, or they can hope for the future. Personally, I choose to hope for the future. Whether it makes any sense, whether it's right or wrong, I choose to see the positive in life, because that's who I am. It's not that I don't want to hear the negative, it's that I'd rather spend time talking about positive things.
This thread is about me sharing my hope for the future with others who also hope for the future.
If you want to live in the past, there are plenty other threads you can be negative with each other.
Please take these unappreciative thoughts to any one of those threads.
I don't mean to offend anyone by saying this, but I'd really like a cool place to share feelings in, and I don't want this thread to veer in the direction it's heading.