What it means: Foundry 27 & The Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for QNX Neutrino RTOS

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Hello to the QNX Developer Community!

This is my first blog to you about the goings on in our ‘Tertiary Matters’.

Ostensibly this post is to let you know we just added a link in the Bazaar, on Foundry27, to the new beta edition of The Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for QNX. Hereafter referred to as the Intel Compiler.

But “Hey what?” you may be saying to yourself, “Foundry?@, Bazaar?)*% Bizar?^%.”

So let’s take a step back and refresh you on what we’re up to at QNX and why the posting of the Intel Compiler is important. But first the disclaimer:

Whenever they let me out of the office, I always preface to customers and partners that I have the distinction of being the only philosophy major on our product roadmap team. I am decidedly untechnical and highly philosophical. So, my postings will lean on the side of trying to understand what things mean, greater significance and the like. I’ll leave the technical drill downs to the experts. Now a few facts:

In September of 2007 we launched Foundry27 (F27), our community portal and introduced our hybrid software model of published source coupled with commercial licensing. In the first year we achieved the following portal milestones:

  • 21, 000+ developers
  • almost 600 posts per month
  • 43 Active Projects: including 5 silicon, 3 community, 2 customer, 14 public

Based on the activity we see and comparative benchmarks, the transition to our new business model has been a tremendous success!

In 2009 we’re looking forward to the first community code drops, new silicon vendor developed BSPs, and rewards and incentives for your participation in Foundry27. We’re even looking at the possibility of interactive hardware roadmaps where you, the developer, can provide input into what hardware you would like prioritized in our development labs.

What’s the significance of the Intel Compiler showing up on Foundry27? It means that the QNX community is thriving,  attracting investment from hardware vendors so that you can benefit from a healthy and vibrant QNX ecosystem.

I hope you’ll request the beta of the Intel Compiler and give us feedback – let us know if it improves your development efforts on the Intel Architecture. You can find it here – follow this link to the Bazaar and then scroll down to Cross Development Tools:

http://community.qnx.com/sf/wiki/do/viewPage/projects.bazaar/wiki/Software_Directory

Initial reports are glowing.

Best, Kroy

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