QNX going to open source

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Sep 12 2007 - 10:18:40 CDT

the QNX OS is moving to open source, starting with open sourcing their mikrokernel, and moving on to other modules soon.

http://www.osnews.com/story.php/18596/QNX-Opens-Neutrino-Source-Code-Interview-QNX-CEO

http://www.qnx.com/news/pr_2471_1.html

If I recall correctly, the ES&S model 100 optical scan runs on QNX. (the precinct scanner) This means that in theory, there are now fewer obstacles to ES&S going open source.

I don't know if they have other third party codes they can't open or if QNX will open 100% of their codes (e.g. perhaps like apple they will opensource all the low-level stuff and retain certain things like the video subsystem to themselves).

Perhaps this is a good time for OVC to approach them for the code depository.

Their press release says that their model will be:
"noncommercial developers, academic faculty members, and qualified partners will be given access to QNX development tools and runtime products at no charge."

Notably absent are commerical software developers from that list, thus taking away some of the best eyes for scanning the code. So it's not as good as one wouldlike. However, it is a big step forward.

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