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Adobe drops AIR for Linux due to shift to mobile

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

Adobe says AIR on Linux has no support

Adobe's Flash plans have shifted in the past day as it dealt a blow to Linux while simultaneously bolstering webOS. In a statement, the company's Dave McAllister said the company was shedding support for AIR on Linux from the 2.7 update onwards. He pointed out that Linux had remained at about one percent market share in recent years where Android and iOS had both been growing rapidly, leaving little reason to support Linux on the desktop where mobile was moving much faster and also shifting towards some non-Flash code, such as on Apple's platform.

"We need to focus our resources on the rapidly expanding markets like Android. we need to focus our resources on efforts around emerging web technologies as they become open standards" McAllister said. "We are beginning to focus on delviering more open capabilities in technologies that will expand those markets, like jQuery... and CSS Regions."

AIR, which brings Flash outside of the browser, was seeing especially poor uptake at just 0.5 percent of the downloads versus Mac and Windows users. Adobe was indirectly supporting Linux by virtue of endorsing Android, according to McAllister. iOS users can't use AIR directly, but native apps can be created from Adobe's toolkit.

Simultaneously, HP on its TouchPad product page revealed that the webOS tablet would ship with a beta of Flash 10.3 from the start. The jump will give it hardware accelerated Flash from the outset and could be a minor embarrassment to Google, for whom the first Android 3.0 tablets shipped without Flash despite it being a selling point. TouchPads are due to reach the US on July 1.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rhall

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Worth pointing out - Linux porting kit for OSP Par

    It's worth pointing out that its not been completely sidelined - but that instead they have shifted their resources to providing OSP Partners (Adobes Open Screen Project, with partners like Google, Intel, RIM, Nvidia, ARM, Nokia, HTC, Comcast, LG, Mips, Motorola, Cisco, etc. - full list here: ) a Linux porting kit for AIR (including source code), so that if they choose to do so, they can implement their own vetted and approved versions of AIR for PC's, mobile devices, TV's and TV-connected devices like set top boxes and other consumer devices. More info on the porting kit and full announcement about the strategy can be found here:

    A particularly important take away from this is that, by focusing on the porting kit and support of partner implementations, Adobes expects to provide broader support for AIR across Linux-based PCs and devices, whereas their own desktop Linux releases have accounted for less than 0.5% of lifetime AIR downloads.

  1. chas_m



    Maybe if we're lucky

    We can get Adobe to stop foisting their hot AIR on our platform too ... fingers crossed ...

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And here I thought ....

    That Android WAS Linux ... gee whiz ..... So what's this android thing? Linux? Unix? SCO? :-)

    And I second "chas_m" on deprecating AIR (f***) for OS X as well. Please discontinue AIR on Mac OS X .... we hate it.

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