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Adobe AIR runs on Linux

An email from Adobe alerts me to the release of AIR 1.1 for Linux beta, which I installed on my laptop which runs Ubuntu.

Installation is not quite so smooth as on Windows; you have to set execute permissions on the download before running it. It took only a moment though, and I soon had twhirl up and running, which is the only AIR application I use with any regularity.

The release notes say that all features are available except DRM. If you want transparency support, you must have a compositing manager like Beryl, Compiz or Compiz-fusion installed. You can also download a Linux SDK.

I realise that most of the world only cares about Mac and Windows clients, but I like today’s Linux desktop and kudos to Adobe for supporting it with AIR.

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  1. Hi Tim,

    Curl, which has a product in the same space as Adobe AIR, works on many operating systems including Linux. It’s officially supported on 4 distributions of Linux

    * Ubuntu 7.10
    * RedHat 9
    * SuSE 9
    * Turbolinux 10, 11

    We’ve been supporting Linux for a while now.

    Why choose Curl over AIR? Curl is a smaller install, its more secure, its higher performance, has more libraries, and its been around for 10 years.

    All the best,

    Richard Monson-Haefel
    VP of Developer Relations, Curl Inc.
    http://www.curl.com

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