Monday, April 7th, 2008
Adobe continues to expand its support for the Linux platofrm by announcing the release of the Adobe AIR runtime for Linux. This expands the ability to deploy AIR desktop applications to the three major operating systems (Windows, OS X & Linux) while still using the standard web technologies developers have become accustomed to.
This release of AIR for Linux will be supported on the following distributions:
- RedHat Desktop Linux 4
- RedHat Enterprise Linux v5
- Novell Desktop Linux 9
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
- Ubuntu 6.06
and the following features are available with this release:
- Runtime/Application Install/Update and Uninstall.
- HTML Loader with JS support to render HTML within AIR applications.
- Local Database APIs
- File system support with support for user folders like Desktop/Documents etc.
- Desktop Integration with Drag and drop, clipboard support
- Windowing support with System chrome none/standard
- Basic transparency
- Menu support with context menu, menu bar, pop up menus and menu events.
- Network change detection (Event.NETWORK_CHANGE )
- System wide idle detection (userIdle Event)
- NativeApplication APIs
- Capabilities (OS) API
- Mouse events
- Detection of running application (InvokeEvent.INVOKE)
Adobe has posted a FAQ to provide detailed information about this new product release.
Adobe Joins Linux Foundation
In addition to releasing AIR for Linux, Adobe has also joined the Linux Foundation to “collaborate on the advancement of Linux as a leading platform for rich Internet applications (RIA) and Web 2.0 technologies.
â€œAdobeâ€™s decision to join the LF is a natural extension of its commitment to open standards and open source, which demonstrates its leadership and foresight in the software industry,â€ said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. â€œAdobeâ€™s membership will contribute to our goal of increasing even more application development on Linux with a specific emphasis on Web 2.0 applications.â€
â€œAdobe delivers key RIA technologies for Linux users, such as AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® Player and now Adobe AIRâ„¢, to deploy RIAs in the browser and on the desktop,â€ said David McAllister, director of standards and open source at Adobe. â€œThe Linux Foundation is a valuable resource, providing a forum where we can work with the community to ensure Adobe RIA technologies are compatible across the Linux software platform.â€
This announcement further solidifies Adobe’s commitment to the linux community, having already released server-side products that work natively on the Linux platform.
Posted by Rey Bango at 9:06 am