PDF and Linux

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-11-04 Print this article Print

The PDF standard itself could be propelling Adobe into a desktop Linux and open-source strategy, Wohl said. As Linux gains ground on desktops, Adobe will want to maintain PDFs importance and dominance there. "Theyre always very concerned about maintaining their standards," Wohl said.
The companys flagship Adobe Reader is available for Linux as well, but the Linux version lags releases for Windows and Mac OS X. Linux is available with Adobe Reader 5.0 but not for the most recent release, Adobe Reader 6.0.
Deziel said Adobe is working on an updated version of the Adobe Reader for Linux but declined to say when it would be available. Click here to read an eWEEK Labs review of Adobes Creative Suite. Adobe has made past Linux overtures. In 1999, the company released a beta version of its FrameMaker authoring and publishing software for Linux, but never launched a commercial release. More recently, in June, Adobe announced plans to extend its PDF standard and the Adobe Reader software for reading PDF documents to consumer devices running embedded Linux. It said that Sony Corp. would be the first to use the embedded Linux support for a car-navigation system in Japan. Editors Note: This story was updated to include more information and comments on Adobes Linux plans. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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