With the lack of any easily available information from Embarcadero, in yesterday’s post I had to speculate as to the cost that might be involved with the new Delphi for Linux. According to comments it seems that I was being overly generous by suggesting that only a Pro Edition of Delphi would be required (so much for people who think I go out of my way to criticize). Unfortunately this does now appear to have been confirmed in the latest “amnesty” email from Embarcadero.
My emphasis added, but this does seem quite clear that the Linux support that is coming is destined only for Enterprise and Architect editions. Which means that your ticket to this particular game is going to cost you a minimum of US$2,400 (the cost of an upgrade to 10.1 Berlin Enterprise). Or US$3,500 for a new user
Anybody already on a subscription is covered of course, but if this is supposed to attract new (or returning) customers then it is the cost of (re)admission that counts.
It’s almost as if Embarcadero are hearing the people complaining at the prohibitive cost of Delphi … and deliberately goading them.
To make matters worse, as also pointed out in the comments, as things currently stand the Linux support will impose ARC memory management on Delphi for Linux code which at a stroke breaks compatibility with any existing Kylix or FPC based server code already out there. So not only is the cost for a returning customer seriously increased compared even to the 15 year old Kylix, but any legacy code they hope to maintain in this new iteration of Linux support won’t even work “out of the box”.
But apparently it all works quite well with FreePascal. I haven’t myself tried the Linux support available in the beta’s of Elements (Oxygene, C# and Swift compilers from RemObjects) since May/June last year, but if anybody has it might be interesting to hear from you. The Linux support in Elements is still in beta but anyone with a subscription has automatic access to the beta builds, which are usually updated every couple of weeks or so.
And I have to mention, again, that I am still getting these damned emails from Embarcadero despite having unsubscribed, opted out and otherwise done everything possible to make it abundantly clear that I do not wish to receive any communications from their
begging bowl marketing department. Ignoring these directions is actually an offence under New Zealand law – specifically the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act – but Embarcadeo don’t seem to care about that.