Linux Journal “Readers Choice”: AIR

Lots of folks have already noticed this, but I liked the news for a particular reason… Adobe AIR won the Linux Journal’s Readers’ Choice award for “Favorite Platform for Developing Rich Internet Apps” this year.

AIR makes it easy for native desktop applications to work on various flavors of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It reduces discrimination based on OS choice, imposes no requirements on browser choice.

But AIR doesn’t just enfranchise consumers on Linux — it also enables creators on Linux. It’s pretty cool that a developer who personally prefers Linux can deliver to Apple systems or to Microsoft systems too.

It shouldn’t matter what operating system you choose, what browser you choose, what ad-network or remote services you choose, or (in the pipeline) what device form-factor you choose. Those walls need to keep tumbling down.

Thanks to the readers of Linux Journal for understanding this, and acknowledging the new AIR initiative with this award!

5 Responses to Linux Journal “Readers Choice”: AIR

  1. Chris Brind says:

    To be frank, I’m surprised since AIR for Linux has only been available since December. So, grats that’s a big impact in only a few months.
    What I really hope is that it will encourage Adobe support Linux with a bit more urgency and as a first class citizen in the OS world…
    For instance, it would be nice to see the full range of Adobe products supported across the full range of OSs, for instance LiveCycle ES workbench, which as a Mac user (still trying to resist installing Windows) is quite frustrating in that only works on Windows which to me seems triple naughty since it’s built on Eclipse.

  2. bert laga says:

    It should indeed not mather which operating system you run… when you want to develop AIR applications…
    So how do you explain then that Adobe cancels Flex Builder for Linux?
    [jd sez: I’ve been pestering the product team to speak for themselves. You can create AIR apps as any HTML app, any SWF app. Flex apps can be created in a text editor too; Flex Builder just localizes Eclipse to Linux (!) with some extra benefits.]

  3. bert laga says:

    Thank you for assuming that we write such lame applications at our company that we could not have a use for some debugging and profiling tools for instance… Good to know that Adobe PR suits go to fancy meetings with out sales people to talk about big flex projects for the government and such, but give a rat’s ass about the developers programming the actual Flex/AIR application.
    I don’t want to use a text editor, thank you very much. I want an IDE.

  4. Nemes Sorin says:

    Hi there – I just download Adobe CS4 – Photoshop and Dreamweaver to give a performance test to Wine.
    Well the single thing that I can not enable in Ubuntu was GPU acceleration ( due fglrx / catalyst reasons )
    All other features works OK – fast and clean on my Ubuntu installation.
    Now – I don’t understand why I can not have CS4 for Linux ???
    [jd sez: People have been using WINE for awhile. But it’s still native Windows code, and developing a codebase which works without problem across varied Linux installations would still remain a big task.]
    I have Houdini 9 and Nuke 5 which works OK with Ubuntu, what’s the point with Adobe ? the old MS legacy ?
    Now I hear Adobe Flex builder for linux is on hold ? do you think you (Adobe) can help that world with that behavior ??
    [jd sez: I’ve been asking the product team to address these questions, but I haven’t received a reply either, sorry.]
    Keep in mind that with half of work you will obtain half of results
    Finally you just force me to pay an other MS tax.
    [jd sez: So the Creative Suite applications are not Linux-native, and porting to Eclipse isn’t easy either, but you’ll let that determine your mood instead of looking at the progress in what _is_ available? That philosophical stance is foreign to me.]

  5. Annie says:

    I moved to ubuntu after my windows hard disk failed. It will be great if Flash or Flex available for linux users. You have made it for Mac, why not for linux ?
    [jd sez: Playback’s there. Authoring is there. Tooling for efficient authoring is there only under emulation, in part because of the difficulty in actually selling into the Linux market.]