Final Weeks of Realm $50,000 BlackDog(TM) Skills Contest

Winners to be Announced at Open Source Business Conference

Dec 07, 2005, 00:00 ET from Realm Systems

    SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux developers from around the
 country are working hard in the hopes of winning the $50,000 Grand Prize in
 the Realm BlackDog Skills Contest. The prize will be awarded for the best
 application created and ported to run on BlackDog.
     The Grand Prize winner will be selected from first prize winners in each
 of five categories:  security, communications and networking, entertainment,
 productivity, and miscellaneous. The remaining four first prize winners will
 each receive a cash prize of $5,000. The Grand Prize winner will be announced
 at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco,
 February 14-15, 2006. The contest began October 15, 2005 and will end
 January 15, 2006.
     BlackDog is a pocket-sized, self-contained server with a built-in
 biometric reader and Debian-based Linux operating system. Unlike any other
 mobile computing device, BlackDog contains its own processor, memory and
 storage, and is completely powered by the USB port of a host computer with no
 external power adapter required.
     "We know that some of the contestants are holding their applications close
 to the vest until January," says Steve McCool, Realm Director of Sales. "We
 are less than 6 weeks from the deadline and the 'Dogpound'-the Realm online
 forum-is very active with open discussions and application ideas ranging from
 security to robotics."
     BlackDog purchasers gain access to the Dogpound where new applications,
 support, and forums exist to help developers. "What began as an engineering
 hobby has now reached cult status among Linux programmers who rave about the
 BlackDog's cool design and compact, portable processing power," said Rick
 White, Realm CEO.
     "We're excited about the sales response to BlackDog," continues McCool.
 "In addition to Linux developers, we now have Fortune 500 companies purchasing
 BlackDog to evaluate it as a stepping stone to our Mobile Personal Server-the
 enterprise version of BlackDog."
     About Realm
     Realm Systems provides a next generation Mobile Enterprise Platform that
 simplifies the delivery of applications and services to end-users across the
 distributed enterprise. Realm Systems is uniquely positioned to solve many of
 the issues facing today's networked organizations by extending the life of
 desktops and laptops, significantly reducing IT maintenance costs. Realm's
 technology simplifies and centralizes identity and application management and
 maintenance while preserving existing IT capital investment. The company is at
 the nexus of an enormous opportunity that spans markets, including security,
 identity management, regulatory compliance, and mobile device support of
 enterprise applications. According to AMR Research, the market for data
 security compliance alone is expected to reach $15.5 billion by the end of
     Realm Systems was founded in 2002 by a group of seasoned technologists and
 executives with extensive expertise in distributed computing, integrated
 circuit development, web services, and IT security. Realm Systems is privately
 held with offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington.

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