Company officials say the move is the latest step in expanding the reach of Adobe's technology.
Systems hopes to make nice with the open-source community and soon deliver a
Linux version of its newly released Adobe Integrated Runtime.
Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe, said the company is working
on a Linux version of
, a run-time that
lets developers use proven Web technologies to build RIAs (rich Internet
applications) that deploy to the desktop and run across operating systems.
Speaking at the Adobe Engage event here Feb. 25, Lynch said that although
currently runs on Windows and the Macintosh, "I'm excited about the potential
and Linux working together." He
demonstrated an Intel-based device that ran Windows and Linux, with
running on it.
"I think Linux and
is a great
solution because Linux is a free operating system and
is free," Lynch said.
Read more here about Adobe's AIR.
Moreover, he said he would not be surprised if someone developed an
running on Linux.
Lynch played up Adobe's interest in open-source technology. Major portions
, such as the WebKit HTML
engine, Tamarin ActionScript Virtual Machine and SQLite local database
functionality, are open source, he said.
In addition, Adobe is committed to contributing to the open-source community
on multiple fronts, including the release of the free open-source Flex
framework and open-source BlazeDS for high-speed data connectivity, as well as
active membership in the SQLite Consortium, company officials said.
Lynch said he wants to see
in as many
places as possible, and Linux is another "very important" target for the
on Linux will come later this
year, he said.