I’m very happy to announce that Embarcadero Technologies has reached an OEM distribution agreement with Eugene Kryukov for FMXLinux.
Starting today, Delphi and RAD Studio customers with active subscription to the Enterprise or Architect editions can download, install, and start using FMXLinux for building FireMonkey applications targeting the Linux 64-bit platform. FMXLinux can be used to add Linux as a platform to an existing FireMonkey application or to build entirely new FireMonkey for Linux applications.
FMXLinux brings FireMonkey client UI development to Linux and adds the ability to expand out our Linux platform support from server side to desktop and kiosk scenarios. This is not a one time offer, but a long term distribution agreement, so we expect to continue supporting Linux clients via FMXLinux in future versions of RAD Studio.
The add-in is available via GetIt in the 10.3.1 version of Delphi and RAD Studio. Once installed, you’ll have all relevant files on the system, plus an IDE wizard to help manage projects in the IDE.
FMXLinux provides capabilities for building GUI applications for Linux, extending RAD Studio’s (Delphi Edition) FireMonkey cross-platform framework. It allows for building client applications for organizations that are adopting Linux clients (we’ve seen an increase in requests from Russia and Brazil) and for self-service kiosks (computers running a single application full screen) and other scenarios in which the cost of a Windows license is significant issue. A common example is a self-service airline check-in counter, that runs Linux, and presents a Linux GUI app to the customer for checking in to their flight, adding luggage, performing seat upgrades etc.
We are very happy to expand the power of Delphi and FireMonkey with enhanced support for the Linux platform, and look forward to hearing about your Linux client projects.
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According to the article, it is only available for the extremely expensive Enterprise or Architect versions. Just as there is no simulator in C ++ Builder that includes for iOS in Delphi, or that you can not create services for Android in C ++ Builder, I doubt very much that this will be available for C ++ Builder. I think an excellent alternative is Qt.