Yesterday Embarcadero announced with a blog post I published at https://community.idera.com/developer-tools/b/blog/posts/announcing-fmx-linux-bundling-with-delphi-and-rad-studio the immediate availability of FMX Linux for all Delphi Enterprise and Architect customers. In short, you can use this library for building Linux client applications with FireMonkey, with code fully compatible woth other platforms.
You can read the announcement above and also check:
So how does it work? First you need to use RAD Studio 10.3.1 and download the FMX Linux package from GetIt:
Second, open or create a FireMonkey multi-device application and use the special menu at the top of the Project Manager local menu (with the project selected) -- notice this is a temporary solution needed until we fully enable Linux FireMonkey support in the IDE:
At this point the Linux platform is available in the project target platforms:
Next create an application with a user interface:
Add some code to it:
Build it for Linux, open PASrver on your Linux machine and deploy it (you can also run/debug it if everything is configured properly). From the Linux box, you can use a file manager or a terminal windows to reach the scratch-dir with PAServer artifacts:
Now run the application, as with the command above and you get ti up and running on your Linux desktop:
That's all to get started. For more information and prerequisite on the target machine, read the docwiki information in the link above. In my case, I installed a complete gnome desktop, but that's not strictly required.
Enjoy this new great additional feature, which brings Linux on par with all other platforms Delphi supports!
Has it really changed since the Borland days? First Delphi is written and then C++ Builder, tick tock schedule.
Sadly C++ has continued to be treated like a second class citizen in RAD Studio.
Hmmm. I installed in one of my laptops this morning but now it's gone from GetIt so I can't install it anywhere else.
For now there is no Linux compiler for C++Builder, so FMX Linux is only available for Delphi or Delphi in RAD Studio.Of course when the Linux compiler for C++Builder will be released, FMX Linux will probably adapted to work with them.
Marco - can you confirm if FMX for linux also works with C++ (as well as Delphi) ?