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LinuxProgramming.com: Borland to Release CLX Under Dual License, Kylix Will Not be Open Source

Nov 14, 2000, 02:42 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Contrary to earlier reports, Borland/Inprise will not release its anticipated Kylix integrated development environment (IDE) under an open source software license. Rather, CLX, the underlying component library, will be released under a dual license, allowing open source developers to code under the GPL or commercial developers to purchase a commercial license."

"According to Borland/Inprise's Ted Shelton, Senior Vice President of Business Development, earlier reports elsewhere that the Kylix IDE itself would be released as open source software are flatly wrong. A similar strategy is pursued by TrollTech with their QT/X11 and QT/Embedded toolkits. The CLX components will be usable from any environment, regardless of whether interested developers choose to purchase Kylix, and command line tools will be provided for their use."

"Kylix is one of the more anticipated projects in the Linux community. According to Borland/Inprise's Michael Swindell, Director of Product Management, demand for a Linux version of Borland's Delphi has been overwhelming, often outstripping calls for ports of Windows desktop software in several surveys. Shelton said the demand for the product is due in large part to the fact that many Linux developers "cut their teeth" on Borland products and are eager to return to a familiar environment."

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