Borland's Kylix in limbo

Company pushing C++Builder as alternative

SAN JOSE, CALIF. -- Borland's Kylix development software remains in limbo, with no new release having been issued for a year and the company not saying whether there will be an upgrade.

Kylix is a RAD development environment for Linux that supports both C++ and Delphi development. An attendee at the BorCon conference here this week expressed doubt, during a question and answer session, that the company would ever upgrade the product.

"If you can't resuscitate the patient, remove the feeding tube. Don't just let it linger in a vegetative state," the attendee said. 

Borland's Michael Swindell, director of product development for Delphi 8, would only say that the company has not announced any upgrade plans.

"We haven’t announced the road map for the next version of [Kylix]," Swindell said. When asked if there would even be an upgrade, he responded, "That's the same question for any product."

Borland CTO Blake Stone stressed the company's C++Builder as an alternative to Kylix.

"We do listen. We do pay a lot of attention to what the community is telling us, and the community told us they need a solution that is fairly different than Kylix. I think our C++Builder gives Kylix people a taste of what they're looking for," Stone said. But the company is listening to the user feedback, he added.

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