Today you may have heard some bad news about AIR on Linux. I want to set the record straight.
Right now, the vast majority of Linux utilization of Flash comes through the Flash plug-in itself. Not AIR.
Putting it bluntly, most Linux users don’t appreciate, let alone need AIR. It costs Adobe a ton of time to support an AIR runtime that the Linux community simply does not need. Why? Because Adobe’s AIR runtime has to support every app, and stay secure. That’s a huge effort.
That does not mean AIR on Linux is dead however. Adobe is simply offering the same code base up to Open Screen Project developers to morph into their own needs. Thus, if you really want to ship an AIR app on Linux, you’ll have the same APIs and code base that other platforms have… you’ll just have to get your AIR runtime from a third party.
This is a good thing, in my opinion. Great innovations in Flash will continue on Linux, with more effort being put into making the Flash plug-in run awesomely. And, developers who need AIR on Linux will be able to network and build better relationships with Adobe, thus making AIR on Linux stronger.
And by keeping the code in-check on Linux behind the scenes, when demand does rise (and I’m betting at some point it will), Adobe can return.
This isn’t the first time Adobe has done this. Look at Flash on Windows Mobile. Adobe is still trying to re-emerge that on Windows Phone 7, despite usage of Flash on Windows Mobile cratering completely.
I don’t understand why they dropped it. Their Linux customers have sometimes up to 400 or more Air runtime installed (like us). For technical writing we use Adobe Robohelp/Framemaker to create a Airhelp.
If i use an Airhelp with runtime 2.6 on Linux i get major refresh issue. The same Airhelp under Windows with air 3.0 works fine.
Adobe have been telling all the big Linux houses use Air it handles Linux… So that’s what we did…
Any idea where i can find air 3.0 for Linux (third party ?), is it to early
In light of the recent move to banish Flash from emerging platforms (mobile) and move to AIR, I think it will be up to Adobe’s partners to get on the phone and demand AIR be in-parity on Linux.
If AIR is the future of Flash, as Adobe seems to be pushing, then Linux should follow the path of Mobile, and simply drop support for the Flash plug-in… and then immediately embrace full support for AIR on Linux.
If Adobe is maintaining the code-base internally, as they say, this should be a no-brainer.
So, my best answer is for you to pick up the phone and call Adobe and ask for them to do that. You’re their client more than we are.