Darn. This means I have to pull up my socks and get back up to speed on Linux. Who could have known that it's easier to heckle from the sidelines than to dig in and get my hands dirty?
Fortunately, Embarcadero published configuration instructions to get people started, and they're holding a Linux Boot Camp (tomorrow, so sign up quick!). And I guess I'll have to start reading my friend Warren's blog - Linux Code Monkey.
But why? After all this time and what with Borland failing to pursue Kylix when they had the chance. And then there's Free Pascal, which supports Linux already. Why would anyone care about Delphi supporting Linux now?
Well, lots of reasons.
Coolness factor aside, I'm doing a lot of server side work and I want to deploy lightweight, pre-configured turnkey appliances in the form of a virtual machines without having to sweat over Windows server licensing costs. I want to take advantage of all of Delphi's features and I want to use a single code base between my Windows and Linux server applications. And I expect Delphi to deliver all of this without compromises.
I'm looking forward to it.