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Computer Bits: Heavy-duty Linux tools from Borland [Kylix]

Jan 15, 2001, 13:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Homer Jones)

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"If you are a regular reader of Computer Bits, you know that Linux is developing impressive momentum. It is the new buzzword, and articles comparing it to Windows are everywhere. Opinions about moving from Windows to Linux are as plentiful as leaves in autumn. The most common arguments against switching are the lack of solid software, and the difficulty in finding folks to create tailor-made business applications. Well, Kylix is about to change all that, and here's why."

"Kylix is Borland's code name for a project that ports their highly acclaimed Delphi and C++ Builder to Linux. This is wonderful news to millions of Delphi and C++ Builder programmers."

"Perhaps the coolest part of Kylix is how close the syntax is to the Windows version of Delphi. At BorCon 2000, the annual Borland developer's conference, reps demonstrated Kylix to a crowd of drooling computer jocks. Right there, live, they created a Windows program using Delphi. Then they simply recompiled the same code in Kylix to produce virtually identical applications on Windows and Linux. You cold hear the audience exhale in unison."

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