Salt Lake City, Utah – (The Hosting News) – October 28, 2005 – A new contest for developers is sporting a $50,000 grand prize for the best application created
or ported to run on BlackDog – a miniature, fully self-contained Linux server with a built-in
biometric reader and Debian-based Linux operating system.
Realm Systems has announced the
start of Project BlackDog, a skills contest offering prizes in five
categories. The contest started October 15 and ends
January 15, 2006. Prizes will also be awarded for the most bugs reported that
are determined to be critical to BlackDog functionality.
developers have already received their units in anticipation of creating the
grand-prize winning application and being recognized at a key industry
BlackDog represents a new breed of device that redefines mobile computing.
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 – no
external power adapter required.
BlackDog offers open source developers an exciting new platform for
mobilizing software applications.
According to Steve McCool, Realm Systems Director of Sales, “What started as a concept within our engineering department grew into a revolutionary product offering for the open source development community. It can be programmed to carry the applications, data, web sites, and desktop that users need wherever they may go.”
First prizes will be awarded for applications in the following categories: Security, Communications/Networking, Entertainment, Productivity, and Dogpile. The Dogpile category is designed as a catchall for applications that do not fit into the other four categories.
The five first prize winners will be flown to Open Source Business Conference (“OSBC”) in San Francisco in February of 2006. The grand prize winner will be announced and will receive $50,000, while the four runners-up will receive $5,000 each. Project BlackDog is open to legal residents of the 50 States, excluding its territories and possessions and the states of Maryland, North Dakota and Vermont.
Contest entry requires purchase of a BlackDog unit. Product information, complete contest rules, and order information can be found at: www.projectblackdog.com. The Project BlackDog contest runs through January 15, 2006.