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[News] Adobe AIR Treats GNU/Linux as First-class Citizen

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Adobe AIR 1.5.1 Released 

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| Today we released Adobe AIR 1.5.1, a relatively minor update that includes a 
| number of bug fixes. The new builds are available for Windows, Mac and Linux 
| on the Adobe AIR download center.   


Simultaneous release. Not too shabby.


Free Flash community reacts to Adobe Open Screen Project

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| Both Otte and Savoye do see some limited good coming out of the Open Screen
| Project. Otte suggests that the growing openness of Adobe might help to
| reduce the reservations in the free software community about working to
| reproduce proprietary technologies, as well as "the general 'flash is evil'
| attitude" that prevails in the community."
| Moreover, both Otte and Savoye see the announcement as a hopeful sign. "I
| think Adobe will open up Flash in the end, or at least the Flash player,"
| Otte says.
| Savoye expresses the same hope, although he notes that, "I've been told by
| people at Adobe that their Flash player has so many other people's
| intellectual property in it that they can never free up the code." However,
| he adds that examples like Sun's removal of propriety elements from the
| original StarOffice code to produce OpenOffice.org and its current efforts
| with Java indicate that the move is not impossible. "The trick is, are they
| going to make that kind of commitment?" he asks.


Adobe Drops Licensing Fees, Gives Away Flash For Devices

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| Software maker Adobe announced Thursday that it would drop many of the
| licensing requirements attached to its Flash technology, which is used to
| display video and audio content on the web.  


Adobe Joins Linux Foundation But Forgets About Flash for Linux

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| I would hope that Zemlin will encourage Adobe to now treat Linux as a first
| class citizen as opposed to an afterthought for release after Windows.
| I hope Zemlin will pressure Adobe to finally actually make Flash -- not just
| the player -- but Flash CS3 Professional, (the core Flash development tool)
| available for Linux as a fully commercially available and supported product.  
| It is somewhat ironic in my opinion that Adobe can join the Linux Foundation,
| claim to support Linux and yet not offer its flagship Flash development tool
| on Linux.    


For Adobe, a tough lesson in (open-source) diplomacy

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| The brouhaha had to be painful for Adobe, a community-friendly company that
| likes to think of itself as a kinder, gentler outfit than arch-rival
| Microsoft . But here Adobe was, accused of using its overwhelming position in
| PDF software to make money at the expense of smaller companies -- the very
| sort of behavior that earned Microsoft a bad rap in Silicon Valley.    

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