Kylix, CLX, and open source

By: Bob Swart

Abstract: This week started with some rumors about the source code of Kylix going open source. But in the end the stories appear to be nothing more than rumors. By Bob Swart.

Kylix, CLX, and open source

This week started with some rumors about the source code of Kylix going open source. But in the end the stories appear to be nothing more than rumors.

This was the week of Comdex Fall and the Linux Business Expo in Las Vegas. A number of confusing items appeared in online news reports from the show, including an article by eWeek: "Inprise takes its Linux app tool open source." The story also said that Inprise would be adding "support for Gnome into Kylix." Well, excuse me, but I was under the impression that Kylix already contains support for both KDE and Gnome -- something we can see clearly in the Kylix screenshots, for example.

Kylix going open source? Could it be true? It seems very unlikely, given that Inprise (soon to be officially named Borland again) is surely expecting some revenues from Kylix, as Dale Fuller told us many times ("we want to make money from it").

To make the confusion worse, the news found its way to SlashDot, and it wasn't long before everybody had heard about it and formed an opinion about the news.

The next day, a story appeared on Linux Programming that was similar but not quite the same. According to the Linux Programming article, it is not Kylix that will be available on an open source basis, but rather CLX -- the Component Library for X-platform, which takes VCLs place in Kylix -- which will be released under a dual license. This means, I reckon, that CLX will be available under both commercial and open source licenses.

The funny thing is that this article, too, mentioned that support for the Gnome desktop would be "added" to Kylix. Again, from the demos of Kylix that I've seen, support for both KDE and Gnome is already present. Maybe they meant support for Gnome desktop themes...

A final piece of news, published by Linux Today and InfoWorld, mentioned that Borland will join the Gnome Foundation Advisory Board. This might explain the confusion over Gnome support and Kylix.

All in all, it appears a lot of confusion was created purely by misinterpretation. The words "open source" are not applicable to Kylix itself, but to CLX. And Borland will join the Gnome Foundation Advisory Board.

A final interesting remark you can read in the later articles is the statement by Michael Swindell, who said Borland is aiming to "get Kylix out the door in the first quarter of next year." I can hardly wait...

Bob Swart (aka Dr.Bob - www.drbob42.com)


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