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Intel launches Atom Development Fund

Intel launches Atom Development Fund

Intel's Million Dollar Development Fund looks to encourage Atom devs to put their netbook-oriented software on the AppUp store.

Intel is getting serious about encouraging developers to build applications designed for its Atom platform and putting its money where its mouth is: enter the Intel Atom Developer Program Million Dollar Development Fund.

The Development Fund is Intel's way of tempting individuals and companies into developing applications for its AppUp application store - a site which aims to be a one-stop shop for netbook-friendly downloads, both paid and free. Described by the company's Maryann Iannitti as "a multi-faceted fund to help accelerate innovation," there are three levels on which developers can enter.

The first is dubbed the Fast Track 2010, and is the simplest: register for the AppUp store and upload an application - in Iannitti's words, become a "validated application developer or entity" - and you'll receive an immediate $500.

The next level is Dollars for Downloads 2010: for the first four months of your application's presence on AppUp, Intel will give you $2 for each unique download - either added to the amount you would have received any way in the case of paid-for downloads, or as a bonus for free applications. Each application will qualify for a maximum payout of up to $25,000 for paid applications and $5,000 for free applications.

Sadly for developers hoping to strike it rich through the fund, Intel is planning on limiting the payouts: only 250 applications will be selected for the Fast Track, and a mere 100 for Dollars for Downloads.

Finally, Intel is using the fund to push its Intel Atom Developer Challenge - a competition aimed at getting more netbook applications on AppUp, and which originally ran until the 2nd of February. The company has now announced that it will be re-launching the competition starting on the 9th of March, with prizes including cash and netbooks for winning application developers.

Interestingly, Iannitti mentions plans for the developer fund to eventually support smartphone applications - a clue that Intel is looking to challenge rival ARM's dominance in the portable gadget sector, possibly with an ultra-low power Atom chip more suited to smartphone use.

Are you interested in the developments that could come out of this, or are you struggling to see the point for developing specifically for what is, at its heart, a low-power low-performance x86 chip? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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l3v1ck 2nd March 2010, 15:49 Quote
Translated into English.
"We can't design a CPU that can run existing things like Flash, so we want you to design software that will run on our substandard CPU."
thehippoz 2nd March 2010, 15:58 Quote
it's called xp pro with stardocks windows blinds and 2 gig of ram.. too bad microsoft has so many restrictions on windows versions and the hardware it runs on- think limit is 1 gig, so your burning the straw at both ends
wuyanxu 2nd March 2010, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Translated into English.
"We can't design a CPU that can run existing things like Flash, so we want you to design software that will run on our substandard CPU."
my thoughts exactly, but it would be great if they can release a clone of Synaptic package manager for Windows on netbooks.
HourBeforeDawn 2nd March 2010, 19:52 Quote
I dont have any issues running flash, but ehh I did slightly tweak my netbook. Either way could be interesting.
Dave Lister 2nd March 2010, 22:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
I dont have any issues running flash, but ehh I did slightly tweak my netbook. Either way could be interesting.

Mine does flash fine too, unless its hd video from the beeb.
thehippoz 2nd March 2010, 23:30 Quote
ah yeah youtube 720p.. can't do that- does 360p fine though
Phil Rhodes 3rd March 2010, 09:38 Quote
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a clone of Synaptic package manager for Windows on netbooks.

Good grief, are you completely and utterly insane!?

Right now, if you want software on windows, you download the installer, run it, and run the software.

On any platform that runs linux-style "package management", you search for the software you want, install it, realise it's a crippled, ancient or undesirably modified version, fiddle with some text files, spend ten hours on IRC being laughed at by Linux weenies while you pry from them the information you need, fiddle with some more text files, type some cryptic commands, type some more cryptic commands, recompile your kernel six times, and finally end up with a software install that half works on alternate Mondays.

You want windows to be like this?
wuyanxu 3rd March 2010, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Good grief, are you completely and utterly insane!?

Right now, if you want software on windows, you download the installer, run it, and run the software.

On any platform that runs linux-style "package management", you search for the software you want, install it, realise it's a crippled, ancient or undesirably modified version, fiddle with some text files, spend ten hours on IRC being laughed at by Linux weenies while you pry from them the information you need, fiddle with some more text files, type some cryptic commands, type some more cryptic commands, recompile your kernel six times, and finally end up with a software install that half works on alternate Mondays.

You want windows to be like this?
actually, my experience:

on windows, search for installer, download it and have to go through the installer, then go through some other source code that i have to compile by following its instructions line by line. and when the installer mucks up, your system will never be able to correctly install that software unless you do a re-install of your OS.

on linux, type in the stuff i want and the correct binary is downloaded. much easier and all the addon libraries for gcc/python installed on my Linux much, much easier than on cygwin, windows.

look at Cydia on the iphone, how well it is working, it's also based on the same repository theory as the package manager.
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