Asus releases development kit for Eee PC
Eee PC manufacturer wants more development on Xandros platform
Asus has released a software development kit for its diminutive Eee PC, as it seeks to proliferate apps for its Xandros Linux operating system.
While the logic of a software development kit for an open-source platform may escape some, Asus wants to see more applications that can be added to the "easy mode" interface.
The SDK utilises a development environment called Eclipse, and supports coding in C and C++. The guide also walks novice coders through the early steps of code writing and designing, including the creation of icons and installation packages for distribution.
The release of the SDK may provide reassurance for the Linux community that Asus is still committed to the operating system, following Asus's recent assertion that around 60% of Eee PC sales in 2008 will be Windows-based.
However, if Asus really wants to encourage development for the Eee PC it should probably start be ensuring people can actually buy one, with recent reports suggesting 70% of orders are unfulfilled.