Feeds

Borland sweetens Kylix discount with new offer

BEGIN FeelYrPain(); END

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Borland today sweetened a huge price cut in Kylix, its Delphi development environment for Linux by giving away a server edition away free to anyone who's narrowly missed out on the offer.

The Desktop Edition previously listed at $999 will be priced at $199 until August 23. The dramatic price cut has brought unconfined joy to many Delphi veterans, but not all. Developers who'd invested a grand a pop for the per-seat developer license in recent days were livid. Some were muttering darkly about sending the recently purchased $999 version back to Borland, and buying the discounted $199 version instead. And even Borland's developer relations boss, John Kaster, seemed to agree that they had a point:-

"It sucks," he wrote in a message to the Kylix Usenet group. "I feel we should have simply refunded the difference, and I said so."

But Borland's VP of US channel sales Martin Leahy told us that customers who'd narrowly missed out on the Desktop discount would now get a Server edition, worth $1999, for free. Leahy added that the $199 figure was deemed most likely to stimulate demand for the product. Borland had examined a price of $399, but that was no good to anyone, he told us.

Kylix takes Linux deep into traditional Windows territory as a client/server developer platform, where Borland's own Delphi has slugged it out with Microsoft's Visual Basic for much of the last decade in some bitter and occasionally litigious combat. ®

Related Link

Borland Developer Site

Related Stories

Kylix throws free goodies back into Linuxland
Borland preps Delphi Linux for December preview
Microsoft describes its Java killer

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.