Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Jun 2011 22:55 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Linux In a blog post today, Adobe's Director of Open Source and Standards said: "we will be focusing on supporting partner implementations and will no longer be releasing our own versions of Adobe AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux". McAllister says that "way back in 1999" he'd predicted "a significant market for desktop Linux by 2005. Obviously I was wrong. So we, Adobe, also need to shift with the market." Source code for AIR will be made available to partners so they can make their own Linux implementations if they so desire. Is there anyone in the audience who cares about no more AIR on Linux from Adobe? Anyone...?
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RE[2]: Desktop Linux?
by wirespot on Fri 17th Jun 2011 07:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Desktop Linux?"
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As other commenters have said, this drop might well forecast them dropping Air altogether. The Linux spin is just them trying to save face at the expense of Linux (which is dirty, and people will remember it). Google has phased out Gears as well. All similar, distinct platforms with client-side storage are being phased out in favor of Web Storage, part of HTML5.

I wish they'd have just come out and say it. I don't understand why their PR department thought it would be a good idea to take pot shots at Linux geeks instead. How's that a smart thing?

Now that they've dropped Air and Reader X (according to the linked article), wonder how much longer before they drop Flash on desktop Linux as well, instead of merely treating it like a second-class citizen?


I don't think they'd dare.

First of all, it would send a very, very bad message: "Flash is not cross platform. We're incapable of making it work properly on anything else but Windows, so we're just giving up."

Secondly, how do you kill Flash on desktop Linux but expect people to believe you're maintaining it on Android? It doesn't make a lot of sense. It can either be made to work properly on both, or on neither. And I don't think Adobe wants to give up Android after being thrown out of iOS. It would pretty much relegate them to Windows 7 [Phone] only. And Microsoft is a quirky company to have to depend on for your last stand... like swimming with a shark while bleeding.

Speaking of which, everybody's on Balmer's case for not doing "smart" things with the pile of cash Microsoft's sitting on. Well here's an idea, how about buying Adobe... If they're going to be a Windows-only software house anyway, they would fit right in.

Edited 2011-06-17 07:50 UTC

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RE[3]: Desktop Linux?
by pantheraleo on Fri 17th Jun 2011 13:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Desktop Linux?"
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As other commenters have said, this drop might well forecast them dropping Air altogether. The Linux spin is just them trying to save face at the expense of Linux (which is dirty, and people will remember it). Google has phased out Gears as well. All similar, distinct platforms with client-side storage are being phased out in favor of Web Storage, part of HTML5.

I wish they'd have just come out and say it. I don't understand why their PR department thought it would be a good idea to take pot shots at Linux geeks instead. How's that a smart thing?

[q]wonder how much longer before they drop Flash on desktop Linux as well, instead of merely treating it like a second-class citizen?


I don't think they'd dare.


I really don't care if they do. The flash spec is open source now after all. If they drop flash on Linux, it will just a be a fire under the butts of the people who are working on the FOSS flash implementations that they better switch to high gear.

First of all, it would send a very, very bad message: "Flash is not cross platform. We're incapable of making it work properly on anything else but Windows, so we're just giving up."


It still works on OS X. And you can bet that Adobe has no intention of dropping Flash on OS X.

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RE[4]: Desktop Linux?
by wirespot on Fri 17th Jun 2011 15:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Desktop Linux?"
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2006-06-21

It still works on OS X. And you can bet that Adobe has no intention of dropping Flash on OS X.


I don't know about that.

From what I hear the OS X version has issues similar to the Linux version. So they might get the boot from Jobs the same way they got booted from iOS. For example, do you think Flash will be allowed in the AppStore for OS X?

Secondly, Macs as desktop market share is not that much bigger than Linux. So similar reasons to the Linux drop may apply.

But we're talking about something completely hypotethical. I'm not ready to believe Adobe would pull Flash from Linux. Not unless they're downsizing and cutting all their non-Windows investments.

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RE[3]: Desktop Linux?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Sat 18th Jun 2011 00:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Desktop Linux?"
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Secondly, how do you kill Flash on desktop Linux but expect people to believe you're maintaining it on Android? It doesn't make a lot of sense.


Sure it does. At this point, Android's userbase is probably several orders of magnitude larger than that of "Desktop Linux."

It can either be made to work properly on both, or on neither.


Not really. Adobe could choose to support/release Flash only for Android on certain ARM architectures.

Speaking of which, everybody's on Balmer's case for not doing "smart" things with the pile of cash Microsoft's sitting on. Well here's an idea, how about buying Adobe... If they're going to be a Windows-only software house anyway, they would fit right in.


Now there's an idea...

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