Adobe has officially released AIR for Linux, pulling it out of its beta status, and complementing the existing Windows and Mac versions, thereby giving developers a complete platform.
AIR 1.5 for Linux supports Flash 10 which means that AIR apps should work in a similar fashion across all three platforms and will allow users to use popular applications like Pandora or Tweetdesk. There are more than 100 million AIR installations on Windows and Mac according to Adrian Ludwig, group product manager for the platform business unit at Adobe.
In addition, Adobe will also be offering free software development kits (SDKs) for Adobe AIR 1.5, targeting AJAX, Flex, and Flash developers and the company has already said that it will be working to make future versions of AIR compatible with mobile Linux platforms with the next version of AIR expected to be released in 2009.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, stated that "Outside of the browser, developers have traditionally had to choose one or maybe two operating systems when building an application. With Adobe AIR 1.5, companies and developers can easily target all three major operating systems with a single code base."
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It is a shame that only three Linux distributions will be compatible with AIR although AIR will reportedly work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop. Adobe and Linux have had a great week with BBC finally releasing a Linux version of the iPlayer. Adobe AIR 1.5 for Linux can be downloaded here. The Linux version of Adobe AIR 1.5 includes support for Fedora 8, Ubuntu 7.10, and openSUSE 10.3, says Adobe. The free Adobe AIR 1.5 SDKs should be available here.