Just a month after releasing the same technology for Windows and the Mac, Adobe Systems has announced the general availability of Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux operating systems.
In an interview with eWEEK, Adrian Ludwig, group product manager for Adobe's Platform Business Unit, said Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux supports Fedora Core 8, Ubuntu 7.10 or higher, and openSUSE 10.3.
"Outside of the browser, developers have traditionally had to choose one or maybe two operating systems when building an application to keep development time down and costs low," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, in a statement. "With Adobe AIR 1.5, companies and developers can easily target all three major operating systems with a single code base, transforming the application development paradigm and elevating Linux to the same level as Mac and Windows."
"Why Linux is so important is because Linux has not been adopted on the client," Ludwig said. "We see Linux adoption of about 1.8 percent at the upper bound on the client. And one of the key reasons for its slow adoption has been that it's too difficult. Now you get AIR applications that work on Linux. AIR applications that people have built will just start to work on Linux."
Ludwig said up to 97 percent of existing AIR applications written for other operating systems "will just work" on Linux "because AIR gives you a consistent run-time across all the operating systems."
Moreover, "Linux is becoming the platform of choice in the mobile space," Ludwig said. And this move is a "stepping stone" into that world for Adobe, he said.