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18 December 2008, 11:15

Adobe release AIR for Linux

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Adobe has released the Linux version of AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime), it's platform for Rich Internet Applications. For this release, Adobe supports three Linux platforms, Fedora Core 8, Ubuntu 7.10 or 8.04, OpenSUSE 10.3 and later releases of those distributions. The current release does run on other Linux distributions, but these are not sufficiently tested at this point. AIR 1.5 was released a month ago for Windows and Mac, at which time Adobe said they intended to bring AIR to Linux, and hopes to make future releases happen simultaneously. The AIR release includes both the runtime and the SDK, allowing developers to use Adobe's blend of Webkit, Flash and Javascript to deliver Rich Internet Applications (RIAs).

Adrian Ludwig, Adobe's product manager for AIR said “Less than 2 per cent of clients are using Linux. It’s challenging to deliver applications to such a small market". Despite the challenges, in the announcement, Adobe restated its commitment, pointing out that it has joined the Linux Foundation and has already cooperated with other Foundation members. AIR 1.5 does not currently support 64-bit Linux because Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux is still in alpha, but Adobe have made a technote available which gives workarounds to enable 32-bit AIR to run on 64-bit systems.

Adobe Air for Linux is available to download with the SDK available as a separate download.


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