Originally Published: Tuesday, 10 August 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: Internal News/General Announcements Page: 1/1 - [Std View]

Inprise Announces Commitment to Linux

Survey Results Conclude Mainstream Application Development is Next for Linux

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Linux World Conference & Expo, Inprise Corporation (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced its commitment to support the Linux platform. The company announced the immediate availability of VisiBroker for Linux, a new version of its award-winning object request broker, and is demonstrating JBuilder for Linux, its upcoming Java development tool, on the showroom floor at Linux World.

In addition, Inprise is releasing the complete results of its Linux developer survey, in which over 24,000 respondents indicated that Linux is a critical operating system for their customers moving forward. The results also indicate that the majority of developers participating in the survey are planning application development and client server database development projects on Linux. According to a recent report by International Data Corporation, because applications drive operating system sales, having more applications available on Linux will drive Linux in Enterprise computing.

"We have now been shipping InterBase for Linux for over a year. With today's announcement of VisiBroker for Linux, customers now have access to a Linux version of a leading CORBA ORB for distributing and deploying applications across multiple platforms," said Dale Fuller, interim president and CEO of Inprise Corporation. "Based on the tremendous feedback from our survey, we are also assessing which additional tools and technologies Inprise will be extending to this expanding market."

Survey results

Additional findings from the Borland Linux Developer survey are available at www.borland.com/linux/survey and include:

* 72 percent of respondents are most interested in using a rapid application development environment for their future Linux development needs * Over 40 percent of respondents are interested in developing with Delphi on the Linux platform * 40 percent are interested in using a C/C++ development tool for their Linux projects * Over 75 percent are planning to develop application level projects * Over 90 percent require graphical user interface support * Over 90 percent require database connectivity

"As a developer, I am thrilled that Inprise will be bringing the ease of use, elegance and efficiency of its Borland tools heritage to the Linux marketplace. These Linux tools will give developers the capabilities we want and need to further mainstream the adoption of the Linux platform for Internet application development. Linux is about new options and directions on the Internet; Inprise will help get us there faster," said Chris Staszak, director of technology for an online trading community for small businesses.

"Linux development is about to get even more exciting -- we are greatly looking forward to the prospect of Borland development tools for Linux," said Robert A. DelRossi, president of TurboPower Software Company. "We believe that Inprise's proven expertise with rapid application development tools will further extend the widespread adoption of Linux as a viable alternative for servers as well as desktop applications. No matter how you look at it, Borland tools are just what Linux developers have been waiting for."

About VisiBroker for Linux

Inprise's VisiBroker is the award-winning object request broker designed to facilitate the development and deployment of distributed enterprise applications based on industry standards that are scalable, flexible, and easily maintained. Industry affiliations with Telcordia Technologies, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, Informix, Novell, Netscape, Silicon Graphics, and others have played a key role in making VisiBroker a leading deployed and adopted ORB in the computer industry.

About Inprise Corporation

Inprise Corporation is a leading provider of Internet-enabling software and services designed to simplify the complexity of application development for corporations and individual programmers. Inprise delivers integrated, scalable and secure solutions, distinguished for their ease of use, performance and productivity. Committed to open platforms, Inprise continues its tradition of service and support for the millions of software developers around the world through its online developer community and E-commerce site -- www.borland.com -- providing a range of technical information, value-add services and third-party products. Founded in 1983, Inprise is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Inprise at www.inprise.com, or call 800-632-2864.

NOTE: Inprise product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Inprise Corporation. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks of the parties using such names.

Forward-looking statements in this release, including but not limited to, those concerning Inprise's future financial performance, product availability dates, results of the Company's strategic review, and the potential features of or benefits to be derived from the Company's products, involve a number of uncertainties and risks, and actual events or results may differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, the following: possible disruptive effects of organizational or personnel changes, shifts in customer demand, market acceptance of the Company's new or enhanced products, delays in scheduled product availability dates, actions or announcements by competitors, software errors, general business conditions and market growth rates in the client/server and Internet software markets, and other factors described in the Company's SEC reports on forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K.

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