Money in Linux for tools vendor

There is money to be made in Linux, says a longtime senior staffer for development tools company Borland.

The open-source operating system is going to be around for a long time, says David Intersimone, who has been at the company for 17 of its 20 years, and Borland is one of the few "identifiable" vendors supporting it, which gives its customers a certain piece of mind. That's why people choose Red Hat, he says: its training and support.

Small and medium-sized firms "who can't afford a very expensive Sun tower" are using Linux, he says, and a lot of large mobile and wireless providers are keen on Linux in their infrastructure because they have built Java into their phones.

"When that Java or C++ in the phones needs to talk to something, whether it's for billing or location services or a host of other services, Linux is going to be in that infrastructure." On the internet, running many web servers, Linux is also employed, he notes.

"It'll be interesting now that we have C++ for Linux," Intersimone says, referring to the addition of support for C++ to Kylix, Borland's rapid application development platform for Linux that already included Delphi. Linux is built in C, Intersimone notes, and the first Kylix product with the Delphi language was for customers with applications on Windows who wanted to move them to Linux. Most were server-side then, and it will be interesting with the new tools to see how many client-side applications customers have built in a year or so, he says.

Asked whether the company plans to support Microsoft's new C# language, Intersimone would only say that Borland is planning a development platform - codenamed Galileo - that will support several languages.

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