Selling Palm to HP was a waste

webOS and the mobile devices that it powered made Palm (remember that company) a media darling. webOS was going to be another successful mobile Linux distribution (after Android). But it was all a dream that never came true. Palm was sold to HP. At some point, HP abandoned webOS, deciding that it was better to sell Android devices.

So webOS became Open webOS, which has since become a property of LG Electronics. For me, the story of webOS is, up to this point, a sad tale. But what does Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm and the guy responsible for webOS, think?

In an interview with Phil Goldstein, of FierceWireless, he said that selling Palm to HP was a waste. Mostly because the features that gave webOS buzz has been showing up in Android, iOS and even Windows.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

FierceWireless: Looking back, if you could do things over again with the rollout of webOS, would you do anything differently?

Rubinstein: Well, I’m not sure I would have sold the company to HP [Hewlett-Packard]. That’s for sure. Talk about a waste. Not that I had any choice because when you sell a company you don’t get to decide that. Obviously, the board and shareholders decide that. If we had known they were just going to shut it down and never really give it a chance to flourish, what would have been the point of selling the company? I think the deal we had with Verizon really hurt us, but who knew that at the time? These things are all hindsight.

Read the rest here.

Related Posts

Gemalto Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Android Gemalto N.V., a digital security outfit based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, just announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United ...
Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with Boeing has made an entry into the mobile device market with its own Android smartphone called the Boeing Black smartphone. Yep, it's black in color...
Open Source GIS systems to be used by Spanish Wine makers Wine makers in Spain will soon be able to use the gvSIG open source geographic information services developed in a large part with the help of severa...
Using Flannel as a soft-defined networking solution for rkt containers Flannel is an open source soft-defined networking solution for containers. It works by making a subnets available to hosts for use with container runt...
Deploy and manage any cluster manager with Docker Swarm Swarm is native clustering for Docker. Swarm allows production deployment and management of multi-host, multi-container distributed applications at sc...
Mozilla caves in to industry forces behind DRM-in-HTML standard Here's the latest from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the battle to keep DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) out of the Web. This is case of ...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

ContainerizeThis 2016 is a free, 2-day conference for all things containers and big data. Featured, will be presentations and free, hands-on workshops. Learn more at ContainerizeThis.com

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*