Enough dancing and hand-waving. Adobe has drunken the 1% KoolAid.
- no more builds of Adobe Air for GNU/Linux except by partners of Adobe
- ditto Acrobat Reader
Commentators pointed out that Adobe does not supply 64bit Flash for GNU/Linux so who needs Air, a Flash generator? 64bitness is pretty standard these days even on Atom processors. How weird.
Adobe quotes 0.5% of Air downloads were for GNU/Linux but with much of the world using 64bit GNU/Linux, that is pretty good. Adobe, you have to supply what the consumer wants. Years ago, I identified 64bitness as one of the key features of GNU/Linux and use it on terminal servers extensively. I was quite annoyed that it took so many years to get a 64bit version of OpenOffice.org.
Apparently, Adobe sees the future as Android/Linux and we can run Android on GNU/Linux so it may not be a huge issue, just a change in programming language. That must be much more expensive than building for GNU/Linux. That means a re-write.
HTML5, here we come.
see Adobe – Focusing on The Next Linux Client