PDF and Linux
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.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.
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.