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QNX Most people haven't heard of QNX Software, though they've likely come in contact with it. The real-time operating system is used where software failure can lead to catastrophic consequences, even death - from high-speed trains to air traffic control towers to highway toll systems. It's also used in more than 100 different types of cars on the road.
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Can one try it?
by korpenkraxar on Mon 9th Oct 2006 12:08 UTC
korpenkraxar
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2005-09-10

Just curious, is there any QNX "distro" or other RTOS that you can download and try out for free?

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RE: Can one try it?
by deb2006 on Mon 9th Oct 2006 12:27 in reply to "Can one try it?"
deb2006 Member since:
2006-06-26

Not anymore, I think. There was a time - 2 years ago? - when QNX Neutrino was released for the public. I downloaded it and played around with it. It's interesting but as a desktop distribution almost not usable. Not too many applications, and the whole thing looked and acted as if it was a Linux distribution that was 5 years old.

Generally I was not very impressed. Again, I am referring to its use on the desktop. I am aware that it has its good sides as an embedded OS - altho Linux becomes increasingly an option there too. There are some real time extentions and Linux distributions that are quite good in that area.

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RE: Can one try it?
by csousa on Mon 9th Oct 2006 12:39 in reply to "Can one try it?"
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2006-02-04

I found this site: http://www.openqnx.com/

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RE: Can one try it?
by kafo on Mon 9th Oct 2006 14:23 in reply to "Can one try it?"
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2006-10-09

I tried QNX demo disk a few years ago:
http://toastytech.com/guis/qnxdemo.html
It boots from a floppy. I remember being quite impressed
with its responsiveness, but I think it is only a demo, it's not very useful for anything practical.

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