Regardless of how poorly webOS has been treated by HP, the operating system still has a strong presence among the minds of the tech community. One of the things that helped it to keep that strong presence was HP's announcement to make it completely open-source, and today brings a milestone for that.
HP today released the source code for webOS' browser, now known as Isis. Among many other enhancements, Isis includes support for plugins and is very compliant with standards. In fact, it's built on QtWebKit (which was originally made open-source by Nokia) so developers can more easily develop compatible products and services for webOS and Isis.
HP states that, with all of the new features and improvements, Isis is very competitive with competing browsers. The direct quote from the blog post detailing Isis reads as follows:
"We’ve benchmarked the new Isis webOS browser and have found it to be extremely responsive compared to other browsers made for general consumption."
I've previously said that I would absolutely love to throw webOS on my iPhone 4 or even my Dell Streak 7. With a fast browser like Isis, I am pretty certain that I will throw it on both of them once developers and HP can get all of the OS open-source.
Let's say it was already. What devices (if any) would you install webOS on?