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  • Adobe Drops Linux Desktop Support For AIR

    Phoronix: Adobe Drops Linux Desktop Support For AIR

    Adobe doesn't see "the year of the Linux desktop" happening, so they've decided to kill off the Linux desktop client for their AIR run-time. Adobe AIR 2.7 was recently released for creating rich Internet applications, but the Linux desktop client wasn't updated. This wasn't an oversight or delay in development, but Adobe is dropping the Linux desktop client so they can focus on mobile platforms such as Android and Apple iOS...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTU3MA

  • #2
    Won't be surprised if flash player follows the same fate.

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    • #3
      It wont be an surprise!! but it wont be a problem, they slowly are lossing the train (HTML5, WEBM, VP8, DIVx Web).

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      • #4
        Can't say I like AIR. In fact, I really don't like it much at all. Still a shame though.

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        • #5
          Good

          I am Enterprise programmer and never ever heard about "Adobe AIR". Except now, that it was canceled. Is there anything in AIR that we don't have in standard tools, like Java, HTML5?

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          • #6
            I'm not sure I ever used AIR, can anyone point to something based on AIR that desktop users use?
            I only care about the flash player being there for Linux, since HTML5 video is not nearly good enough, youtube's html5 player still sucks big time and I don't know why.

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            • #7
              I think League of Legends uses air for the interface or at least in some degree.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                Won't be surprised if flash player follows the same fate.
                Actually expect the Flash Player to get much better in the future thanks to Chrome OS. VA-API and Composite acceleration are among the first for 10.4/11.0.

                Re: AIR, I only know about one Adobe AIR application and that is... the official ICQ client for Linux, which released the first beta version just few weeks ago.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                  Actually expect the Flash Player to get much better in the future thanks to Chrome OS. VA-API and Composite acceleration are among the first for 10.4/11.0.

                  Re: AIR, I only know about one Adobe AIR application and that is... the official ICQ client for Linux, which released the first beta version just few weeks ago.
                  When it comes to Adobe support outside of windows I'll take the "I'll believe it when I see it." approach.

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                  • #10
                    maybe html5 player sucks so much, because there is this crappy flash blob from adobe for linux. I boykott it, one alternative for youtube is minitube a free gpl desktop-flash-player.

                    Yes I hope in the eyes of adobe Linux will never be ready for (commercial) Desktop.

                    Whats the point to make windows out of linux. Why then not using windows.

                    Keep away your stupid binary blobs from linux.

                    if they would offer some gpl stuff, be my guest. for pdf you dont need the adobe crap just use the free tools like evience. And for flash there are alternativs too, but I agree that works only for standard desktop stuff (not if you want to use special software or hardcore gaming) the biggest problem right now is the shit flashblob.

                    But there is also an alterntive availible here ubuntu and co fail to get them easy installable. I mean Lightspark, they should just make that the default. But they piss on free software and likes that proprietary unstable blobs.
                    Last edited by blackiwid; 06-15-2011, 09:00 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blackiwid View Post
                      I boykott it, one alternative for youtube is minitube a free gpl desktop-flash-player.
                      I'm sure you know youtube can use a non-flash player using <video> ? Granted, non evey video is available with it, but...

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                      • #12
                        this sucks for me, because just recently my government issued an AIR based application to conveniently fill out tax forms and securely submit them online.

                        well, if it's going to be updated to air 2.7 i'll have to look for other solution.

                        at least the submit form communication protocol has open specs and there are various other applications to do this task.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mickabouille View Post
                          I'm sure you know youtube can use a non-flash player using <video> ? Granted, non evey video is available with it, but...
                          thats the problem all videos with advertisement in it are not availible or a special sort of advertisment text-boxes or so dont know exactly minitube is very resource-cost-efficient and plays more videos aperently not all at the moment because google changes always the non-official existant api of it.

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                          • #14
                            Adobe doesn't see "the year of the Linux desktop" happening
                            Probably you want to see something and Adobe has measured that this isn't year of Linux

                            there isn't much growth happening within the Linux desktop market. "So, with Desktop Linux, we see a basically flat growth curve hovering around 1%. And since the release of AIR, we’ve seen only a 0.5% download share for desktop Linux."

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                            • #15
                              Ironically, today my AIR installation on Linux asked to update itself.

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