Adobe and AIR: Linux desktop users please apply

Adobe is finally getting some Linux religion. Here's how you can help.

Adobe has traditionally been strong on Windows and the Mac and turned a relatively deaf ear to Linux. That's about to change, however, with Adobe AIR, a cross-platform runtime for delivering Rich Internet Applications to the desktop, set to move beyond its Windows and Mac OS X roots to Linux.

Better yet, Adobe is looking for Linux desktop users to serve as pre-beta testers of AIR on Linux.

I've been running a few AIR applications on my Macs and love the blend of fat client with cloud client. If we assume that this is the future of the desktop - a blend of fat and thin - then there's no reason the Linux desktop can't mount a serious competition to Mac OS X and Windows. Here's your chance to help out. Inquire within.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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