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Adobe AIR Ready For Linux

By Brajeshwar Oinam

Adobe AIR for Linux Alpha-Release is available on Adobe Labs. It is a pre-release version and is alpha-ish at best.

About a month earlier, Adobe shipped AIR v1.0 for Windows and Mac but delayed the Linux release as Adobe had to "wait on the core Flash Player's support for Linux to be finalized."

Adobe is targeting the second half of this year for the final release version. This first drop of Adobe AIR for Linux will expire on March 1st, 2009 (that's enough time to test and play around). Adobe is also releasing an updated alpha version of the Flex Builder 3 for Linux to include support for AIR applications.

Adobe AIR for Linux is the Adobe AIR runtime that allows Adobe AIR applications to be deployed on computers and devices running the Linux operating system. According to Adobe, this is NOT a feature complete release. AIR applications that run on the Mac and Windows version may not run on the Linux alpha depending on the features used by that application. Review the release notes for more information on which features are not available in the alpha.

Distributions that are currently supported by Adobe AIR for Linux;

• RedHat Desktop Linux 4
• RedHat Enterprise Linux v5
• Novell Desktop Linux 9
• SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
• Ubuntu 6.06

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Development Tools

Linux developer can use the Flex Builder for Linux alpha or any text editor. In addition, since AIR applications run across operating system, you can use Flex Builder, Dreamweaver or Flash if your primary development machine runs on OSX or Windows.


Download and Install Adobe AIR for Linux
• Download and Install Adobe AIR for Linux SDK
Download Sample Applications that runs on AIR for Linux


• Adobe AIR for Linux on Adobe Labs
Release Notes
Documentation of Adobe AIR for Linux
Adobe AIR Developer Connection


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About the Author:
Brajeshwar is an ace digerati and an ardent believer of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), he envisions pushing the technical envelope time and again for the betterment of commercial and practical applications.
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