Adobe Air for Linux Alpha

Adobe today announced Adobe Air for Linux which can assist developers on building rich Internet applications without writing an additional platform-specific code that were previously only available to Mac and Windows users.

Adobe Flex Builder 3 is also updated for Linux which adds support for creating applications that run on Adobe AIR. The combination of Flex, Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux is a free rich Internet applications development platform that enables developers to build and deploy across browsers and desktops.

“Adobe is committed to delivering the technologies that enable developers everywhere to create the next generation of RIAs [rich Internet applications] for the browser and the desktop,” David Wadhwani, general manager, Platform business unit at Adobe said.

“With the alpha release of Adobe AIR for Linux and the Adobe Flex Builder for Linux alpha update, we’re delivering early releases of a first-class application runtime and RIA creation tool to the Linux community. This allows us to have an open conversation with users during our development process, which will give us very valuable developer insights,” Wadhwani added.

In addition, announced today, Adobe joined the Linux Foundation to accelerate the continued growth of rich Internet application technologies on the Linux platform. Additionally, Adobe recently released the free Flex framework and BlazeDS as open source, and the renowned company continues to contribute to the open source Tamarin virtual machine, hosted by the Mozilla Foundation, which is the core of Adobe Flash Player.

The english version of its alpha Adobe AIR release for Linux is available starting today. The final version of software for Linux is expected later this year and will be available in other languages.