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Delphi - Kylix - .NET - Linux
2003-12-28 09:49:34 PM
i read and read in many newsgroups ...
now my summary ...
MS changes from win32 to .Net, okay, we can nothing do against it ...
We can discuss, if this is a good way or not, i personally think not,
and there are many reasons for thinking so ...
(And i also believe that the world wide communities of managers, users
and softwaredevelopers don't want to pay money for a "big brother" in
Now, whats with Linux?
Uff, yes, what is with Linux.
1) It could be an alternative to windows, but now i think it isn't
really one ...
We use computers to make our daily work, and its Office-work,
communication, etc. (think on little or large companies)
For communication Linux on Desktop is okay ...
For Office-work its not, now, perhaps soon ...
The reason why windows is going so big was, that there was a lot
of different UNIX-Versions, no ONE, and X-Windows comes to late,
and UNIX and X-Windows was to expensive and you needed an expensive
hardware ..., and with windows you had a lot of very good software
developng tools ..., Apple was also to expensive, and had no good
developing tools, till now ...
So, LINUX is comming ..., running on PC, is growing, becomes a very
good server-solution for ISPs, Database-Servers and so on ...
It was not so expensive (server-licences) and and ...
But what happens now?
Linux is going to be a Desktop System too ... (how long time it needs?)
But what Linux: RedHeat? SUSE? Mandrake?, and and and ...
I fear, the same happens as with UNIX, i know there are differents ...
And look the new prices! Okay, if you are a Linux-freak, you can
make your own free and cheap Linux, nice, but this is only a small group ...
What really happens with Linux depents from managers in small
and big companies, if they decide what new OS shall be used for the
business. The most important reasons are the "Costs" and if the "company
can do the job with this IT".
BUT ONE INPORTANT REASON is also: FULLY DEPENTECE FROM MICROSOFT?
GIVE UP THE PRIVACY? MY DATA IS MY DATA, AND NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO
LOOK IN MY DATA OR TO ALTER AUTOMATICALLY MY BOUGHT SOFTWARE PRODUCT!
THIS IS ONE OF MOST IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHY QUESTIONS FOR NOW AND THE
FUTURE! AND IT HAVE TO DO WITH HUMAN RIGHTS!
SO, "MICROSOFT" or "LINUX" is not only a technical decision, it's much
more, it's a decision over "dictatorship and spying" or "free plural
democracy and privacy".
BUT: "free plural democracy and privacy" doesn't mean: cracks and steel
software, and nothing to pay for the work of others ...
BUT: In a world of "Dictatorship and Spying" and "maximization of
profit" and "monopolism" there such things happens ....
BUT ONE THNG I KNOW exactly, because the human history shows us:
Dictatorship and Spying have a short livetime! SO its on Microsoft, what
they decide for the future! I hope they find the right way, and don't go
the wrong one ...
Borland makes developing tools for MS-Windows, thats their business, and
if Microsoft is going to .Net, they have to go to .NET also ...
Borland i think, have no choice in this (win23 has no future) ...
What they do, is to show us a way (with Delphi 8) to migrate in this new
(AND I HAVE TO SAY: IF the DELPHI-DEVELOPERS go away form BORLAND, then
no longer BORLAND will exists, i have to say: DELPHI = BORLAND and vice
versa, and thats not only historical: TurboPascal = BORLAND = DELPHI,
for C++, Java, and so on there are enough alternatives, but not for
DELPHI - till now, but i think, if we need an alternative, because
Borland let us sty in the rain, then there alternatives will comming)
And Kylix? If Borland is analysing there business, they see the two
worlds: The "Microsoft way" and the "Linux way".
Early they decided to do something for the Linux-world (Kylix p.e.,
JAVA, and so on), it was a good decision for the future to do something
for the LINUX-world, not for the first years ...
So they could make Developing Tools for bouth worlds, and Delphi
developer has a good chance to make software for bouth worlds, wonderfull!!!
But what happens?
1) The Delphi-chief-developer was going to Microsoft (okay his decision)
(and i never heared from him, where is he? what he is doing now?)
2) Microsoft invested in Borland ....
Now we can see following:
1) Borland supports 100% the new Microsoft way (.NET, Longhorn, usw.)
2) Kylix (the Unix-world) is no longer developed
3) we become no official statemants from Borland about this ...
mhm, okay, Borland supports .NET, this is okay, because is the future
of the Microsoft way ...
(But i also fear, that Borland is now bounded with the "Microsoft way").
But Kylix is no longer developed? Why this?
I think following:
- If the world-wide Delphi-developer-community has a realy good
developer tool (Delphi Linux) to make software for LINUX, then LINUX
could be in a very short time, a software-rich-Desktop System.
Now you know the reason, why Kylix is not longer supported and developed
by Borland. And Borland? Knowbody nows from us, what way
Borland will go in the future ...
The best way for Borland would be:
ONE DELPHI, for win23, .NET and LINUX!
With a price, so also small companies and developers can buy it!
It's allways better to sell 600.000 copies with 1000$ as
150.000 copies with 3000$, or not?