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Companies such as DIRECTV, Fox News and the Nasdaq stock market that have adopted Adobe AIR for rich content outside the browser are ensured their AIR applications will reach across all major operating systems, Adobe officials said.

"The release of Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux builds on our ongoing commitment to the Linux community and our legacy of creating technologies that work consistently across operating systems," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of the Platform Business Unit at Adobe, in a statement. "Using Adobe AIR, millions of Web developers can now be Linux developers, and with little effort and no additional costs, companies can now target emerging markets and a broad set of new devices where Linux is growing in popularity."

Ludwig said AIR 1.5 includes functionality introduced in Adobe Flash Player 10, such as support for custom filters and effects, native 3-D transformation and animation, and extensible rich text layout. Adobe AIR 1.5 also incorporates the open-source WebKit HTML engine and now accelerates application performance with "SquirrelFish," the new WebKit JavaScript interpreter.

Plus, Adobe AIR 1.5 includes a new, encrypted database that meets enterprise security compliance requirements while storing data more securely on customers' computers, Ludwig said.

"Intel and Adobe share a long-standing track record of deep technical collaboration," said Christos Georgiopoulos, general manager of the Developer Relations Division for Intel's Software and Services Group, in a statement. "With Adobe AIR 1.5 now available for Linux, thousands of developers can run their applications across multiple operating environments including the PC and, in the future, netbook and mobile Internet device platforms based on the Intel Atom processor running Moblin Linux."

Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux is available immediately as a free download here. The Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux software development kit is also available for free. For more information go to

Meanwhile, Ludwig said Adobe is well on its way toward achieving its goal of more than 100 million installs of AIR by the end of 2008.

"We're closing in on the target; we're almost there," he said.