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Borland.com (Inprise): Is Linux Ready for Delphi?

Mar 10, 2000, 00:51 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Danny Thorpe)

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"Change is a great way to polarize any community. It should come as no great surprise that when Inprise announced plans to develop RAD tools for the Linux platform, the responses from the Borland developer community were stereo cries of "Oh Yes!" and "Oh No!" - with a background channel of "uh, what?."

"I'd like to address some of the commonly expressed fears, misconceptions, and even misplaced euphoria that I've heard over the past few weeks. These are my personal opinions, not Inprise/Borland company policy. These questions may be paraphrased from actual conversations with actual customers. Responses may contain actual opinions and/or sarcasm. Be prepared to wash your eyes out with soap. Safe harbor statement: Forward looking statements are the fantasy we endeavor to make reality. If you buy high and sell low, well, that's pretty dumb isn't it?..."

"As for Borland's testing of its Linux tools, Linux offers new opportunities. Unlike the Windows realm, chances are good that the many purveyors of Linux variants (er, distributions) will assist us with testing our products on their platforms. If they don't understand the incentives to help developers support their Linux flavors, they won't last very long. Linux distributions are becoming a commodity market, and commodities are distinguished more by name, endorsements, and availability (placement) than by actual feature differences."

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