Adobe Reader for Linux Cleans Up Its Act
New offerings make Linux, if not yet a first-class platform citizen, then at least one that's on the road to parity in terms of application compatibility.Its no secret that Linux is the ugly stepchild of proprietary application support, and ugly is the operative word here. Only a couple of years ago, using the Linux-supporting versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader, RealPlayer and the Citrix client made me feel as though I was back in the days of DOS. Its taken some time, but vendors such as Real are beginning to come around. New offerings make Linux, if not yet a first-class platform citizen (the shiny RealPlayer 10 for Linux remains DRM-challenged), then at least one thats on the road to parity in terms of application compatibility.
Now Adobe Systems has stepped forward with Version 7.0 of its Acrobat Reader for Linux. (Adobe shipped a 5.0 version but opted against putting out a 6.0 release.) The feature that has me most excited in Version 7.0, which was released this month, is its finally sane file open dialog.