OTTAWA, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that revolutionizes software
development practices by combining the best of the open source and
commercial software domains, QNX Software Systems today announced that it
is opening access to the source code of its QNX(R) Neutrino(R) realtime
operating system (RTOS) under a new hybrid software licensing arrangement.
Effective immediately, QNX will make source code for its award-winning,
microkernel-based OS available for download. The first source release
includes the code to the QNX Neutrino microkernel, the base C library, and
a variety of board support packages (BSPs) for popular embedded and
Not only can developers view the QNX Neutrino source code, but they can
improve, modify, or extend that code for their own purposes or for the QNX
community at large. They can then choose to offer back those changes to QNX
Software Systems and the QNX development community or to keep their
modifications private and proprietary.
New Hybrid Software Model
These changes are part of a new hybrid software model created by QNX
that supports the customer's goal of profiting from software while fueling
the passion for developing it.
Access to QNX source code is free, but commercial deployments of QNX
Neutrino runtime components still require royalties, and commercial
developers will continue to pay for QNX Momentics(R) development seats.
However, noncommercial developers, academic faculty members, and qualified
partners will be given access to QNX development tools and runtime products
at no charge.
Customer and community members will also have the ability to
participate in the QNX development process, similar to projects in the open
source world. Through a transparent development process, software designers
at QNX will publish development plans, post builds and bug fixes, and
provide moderated support to the development process. They will also
collaborate with customers and the QNX community, using public forums,
wikis, and source code repositories.
"With its new transparent development process, source code program, and
development tool access plan, QNX is the vanguard of change in the world of
commercial software development and deployment," said Dan Dodge, chief
executive officer of QNX Software Systems. "Both commercial and hobbyist
developers will have unprecedented access to the 'crown jewels' of our
software as the base for creating the next great computing innovation."
New Community Portal
QNX has also introduced a new community portal website, called
Foundry27, as the hub for its transparent development initiative. At
Foundry27, customers and developers can access a wealth of resources
relating to the QNX Neutrino RTOS and the QNX Momentics IDE, as well as to
new community projects.
Upon completing the free registration, users identify which of three
different software licenses is appropriate to their interests and gain
immediate access to copies of most QNX software products, as well as to
source code for many of these components.
David DeMint, Product Manager
"When QNX introduces their hybrid software model, we believe the
development community is going to be very excited. With access to QNX
Neutrino source code, developers will experience its superior microkernel
architecture and proven security and stability. As one of the largest
embedded computing manufacturers, we plan to work with QNX to develop BSPs
for ETX, COM-Express, and a wide range of SBC systems boards. Participating
in the broader QNX community reflects Advantech's ongoing role as a leader
in embedded computing."
Charlie Ashton, Director of Software
"We are pleased to see QNX introduce their hybrid software model. Many
of our PowerPC customers already use the QNX Neutrino operating system and
we expect that the new engagement model and transparent development process
will increase adoption of QNX Neutrino within our customer base. The
benefits of widely available source code are well understood in our market,
so we look forward to a continued and growing partnership."
Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director
"As one of the founding members of Eclipse, QNX as an organization has
always been a very active member of our open source community. By embracing
the concept of transparent development within their own companies,
developers will further benefit from the technology and thought leadership
that QNX has for years demonstrated as the head of our CDT Project."
Bret Farnum, Vice President, Sales
"By bringing the hybrid business model to the embedded market, QNX is
combining the best of both the open source and commercial models. For
commercial board vendors like Extreme Engineering, this hybrid model will
enable us to rapidly bring support of QNX products to our customers. That's
why we're hosting all of our QNX Board Support Packages on the QNX Bazaar."
Raja Tabet, Director of Solutions and Enablement Technology
"As the demand from OEM customers grows for multimedia solutions,
particularly in automotive, consumer networking, and wireless, QNX is a
valued partner in many of our processor initiatives. This new hybrid
software model will enable Freescale and the multimedia development
community to work more closely with QNX and speed the development of
high-performance, media-rich systems."
Greg Crouch, Director of Embedded Business Development
"National Instruments has long been working to lower the barriers of
entry to embedded design for a broad base of engineers, scientists, and
researchers. With their new hybrid software model, QNX has become much more
accessible to this large and diverse group. We are very excited about the
future of our partnership in both the commercial and academic spaces."
Stan Kmiec, President
"In our experience, availability of source code has allowed our
customers to optimize implementations of our SNMP and CLI management agent
tools and solutions. Gaining similar visibility into QNX's runtime
components will not only help customer optimizations but will accelerate
our own ability to integrate our products with theirs. This initiative will
mesh the know-how and best initiatives of the user community with
development programs at both QNX and NuDesign. As a result, I foresee many
benefits for our joint customers going forward."
Renesas Technology Corp.
Tsutomu Miki, General Manager, Automotive Semiconductor Business Unit,
"The availability of QNX's source code will enable developers to
harness the power of the QNX Neutrino kernel when bringing the latest
innovations built on Renesas platforms to market reliably and cost
effectively. By introducing transparent development in a hybrid software
model, QNX is fostering an environment that combines the best of commercial
and open source software innovation."
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is
the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The
component-based architectures of the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS and QNX
Momentics(R) development suite together provide the industry's most
reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance
embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General
Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network
routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and
defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical
applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in
Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.
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