> please someone convince me that this isn't meego part eleventeen
WebOS has fairly little in common with Meego, aside from both being embedded linux offerings.
1) WebOS has a very strong community project which has long had a good relationship with Palm and then HP engineers. It will not be an insular project with most of the work and decisions being done by the paid engineers, but rather a real joint effort between the community and paid engineers.
2) WebOS is a stable product shipping for many years without a habit of frustrating developers by controversial shifts in technology.
3) WebOS already has a very polished UI that both Linux users and non-Linux users find appealing.
A fellow gentoo developer at work decided my WebOS tablet was cooler than his android tablet and had to go acquire one.
At SCALE, I was hanging around the WebOS Internals booth when they were introducing an HP Touchpad door-prize to its proud new owner. She labeled herself as a non-geek, and was very pleased at how easy it was to learn -- compared favorably to an ipad she had played around with.
A friend's 9-year old loves a WebOS phone and wants a WebOS tablet to go with it (but has to settle for borrowing dad's). His mom is a Mac user who also loves her WebOS phone.