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LinuxWorld.com: A first look at Kylix 2 Open Edition

Nov 28, 2001, 23:50 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
"Earlier this month, Borland released Kylix 2, its popular RAD for Linux. Borland offers Kylix 2 in three flavors: Enterprise, Professional, and Open Edition. Pricing ranges from $1,999 for the Enterprise version to free for the Open Edition. The addition of new features -- Web services especially -- is the big news in Kylix 2 Enterprise. Kylix Open Edition interests me the most. In Kylix 2 OE, most of the improvements are under the hood.

... Further, it's a great product. Yes, it lacks some of the features of the commercial versions of Kylix, and in Kylix 2 the distance between Enterprise and Open Edition seems to have grown considerably. Nevertheless, for those in the Linux world who simply want to develop apps with the convenience of a RAD with a high degree of ease of use and the power of a real programming language, it simply can't be beat. Nor can its price.

Last, of course, is the license. Requiring that all code developed with Kylix OE is GPL is a great idea. It works wonderfully on both sides of the line between proprietary and free software development. Not only does it encourage the growth of free software, it protects Borland from losing sales of its Enterprise and Developer editions of Kylix through the commercial use of OE."

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