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Software Briefs: Borland, Adobe, Macromedia, Satyam

Software Briefs: Borland, Adobe, Macromedia, Satyam

Borland adds C++ to Kylix

Borland Software has pried the lid off a new iteration of Kylix, its RAD (rapid application development) platform for Linux. The new version adds support for C/C++ developers. Kylix 3 provides Linux developers with the tools to build Web, GUI, database, and Web services applications in either C++ or Delphi. In addition to support for C++ in Kylix 3, Borland has enabled CORBA development and beefed up its interoperability with increased support for SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Kylix will be available in three editions: Enterprise for $US1,999, Professional for $249, and Open for free under the GPL (general public licence).

Adobe, Macromedia settle

Adobe Systems and Macromedia have settled their long-running patent disputes. Terms of the settlement, which covers all outstanding suits between the companies, were not disclosed, but the companies said in a statement that their customers would not be affected. In mid-May, a jury awarded Macromedia $US4.9 million in damages after finding that Adobe's Illustrator graphics program and Premiere video editing program infringed Macromedia patents. That ruling came a week after a Delaware jury awarded Adobe $2.8 million in a separate suit against Macromedia. Macromedia had at least one suit still outstanding against Adobe before the settlement was announced.

Satyam under investigation

Satyam Computer Services, one of India's largest software services companies, is under investigation by the Indian Government's department of company affairs (DCA) for alleged financial irregularities. Satyam recently spent $7 million on establishing Australian operations, including a new software development centre in Sydney. Satyam employs over 80 staff in Australia and services clients such as the Commonwealth Bank and Ford. The DCA launched the investigation into Satyam following complaints by shareholders and other interested persons.


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