News Archive (1999-2012) | 2013-current at LinuxGizmos | Current Tech News Portal |    About   

Atom dev program posts beta SDK for Moblin

Dec 2, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Intel has launched a beta version of its Intel Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit (SDK) for both Windows and the Linux-based Moblin, says an eWEEK story. The SDK is said to help developers create and submit applications for Intel-based netbooks that can be sold in application stores next year.

Intel launched the Intel Atom Developer Program in September, promising SDKs, tech support, and an online store for netbook software developers. Aimed at independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers, the program is touted as a framework for developers to create and sell software for netbooks that use Intel Atom processors. Support for handhelds, smartphones, and set-top boxes (STBs) is said to be planned for the future.

The program, which counts Acer, Asustek, and Dell among its members, aims to help netbook developers move from application creation through testing and marketing.

Moblin v2.1 Myzone interface
(Click to enlarge)

A story by Darryl Taft in our sister publication, eWEEK quotes Scott Apeland, director of Intel's Developer Network, as saying that the SDK will include services such as an authorization API, a crash reporting API, test and debugging capabilities, packaging instructions, sample code, and developer guidance.

"You can write apps for the netbook and we can help you get them out in front of customers through an app store," Apeland was quoted as saying. Apeland also noted that the app store will be launched with the help of several Intel partners, and will come pre-installed with netbook devices and user apps.

In the original program announcement, Intel noted that developers can license development tools and application modules directly from other independent developers and ISVs via the store. Developers are encouraged to submit applications for validation and, once validated, begin to take advantage of the program's revenue-generating opportunities in 2010, says the story. Intel is offering incentives for developers to begin submitting applications by offering a chance to win prizes including a smart car or vacation package.

Moblin v2.1 browser
(Click to enlarge)

With availability for C and C++ developers on both platforms, "The vision here is that developers will be able to write one app and it will run on multiple devices — both Windows- and Moblin-based," Apeland said. He also noted that social media, education, and "entertainment on the go" are likely to be the primary development categories.

In the original announcement, Intel said that the program would support cross-platform run-time environments, including Microsoft's Silverlight. Shortly after the Developer Program announcement, Intel spokespeople were said to have explained that this would not be based on the Linux-ready open source "Moonlight" clone of Silverlight from Novell's Mono project, but rather on a new Silverlight 3 version that will run directly on Moblin.


The Intel Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit (SDK) beta may be found along with additional information, here. The Intel announcement may be found here.

The eWEEK story on the program should be here.

This article was originally published on and has been donated to the open source community by QuinStreet Inc. Please visit for up-to-date news and articles about Linux and open source.

Comments are closed.