"It's been widely assumed that because Inprise/Borland almost
succumbed to Corel's caper, it must be awaiting another suitor. But
a glance at its Q2 results shows that the venerable tools maker
still knows which way is up in the developers' world, so maybe it's
"Also announced yesterday was open-source Interbase 6, with free
binaries for Linux, Solaris and Windows. An interesting twist on
the Mozilla Public License being used is that developers are
allowed to modify the code or develop applications without the
requirement of open sourcing them, which looks like a shrewd move.
Interbase's small footprint and fairly easy maintenance is proving
to be attractive to developers."
"Delphi 5 also seems to be proving of increased interest, since
unlike Visual Basic - which locks developers into the Windows
platform - Delphi makes it possible to write now and decide later
about the platform. The clincher could well be Borland's Kylix
project, a RAD tool that makes it possible to write for Linux and
port to Windows: it comes with Delphi and C++Builder."