Down, out, but certainly not forgotten, the Open webOS project breathes life into the converts of HP's original webOS. After the HP TouchPad firesale last year, the operating system was promised to be released in open-source form. It was ported to the Galaxy Nexus in short order, and now the same webOS Ports team has managed to get it up and running on the Nexus 7.
While not currently feature-complete, the alpha version of Open webOS on the Nexus 7 works - the device can connect to Wi-Fi and load pages in the browser, using the card-based UI that proved to be a hit in the original iteration. While there is a lot of room to grow, this is certainly a step in the right direction for the Open webOS project.