Well it seems that any further development on Adobe / Macromedia products on Linux has been halted. Blogger and Adobe employee Mike Melanson has posted that development has halted because of the overwhelming number of choices to do “XYZ”. I can say that I am fairly disappointed at the reason given for halting work. Multiple API choices to accomplish “XYZ” would seem to give a developer the choice to pick the best API suited to the particular application being built. With Mac and Windows, you either use what is offered, or you don’t make software for that operating system.
Also I would like to point out the fact that if Adobe can release almost identical software packages for both Windows and Mac, it seems that the operating platform has ALREADY BEEN ABSTRACTED by their code.
With big name support increasingly backing Linux it is sad to see one of the more influential names in software cease development on the Linux platform.
Every year or so an Adobe employee says this. It is tiresome and I for one could care less. Adobe will make a Linux a CS for linux as soon as Linux can achieve some sort of standards. Font support is horrid, graphics cards are buggy at best, and the developer is right, do you make it a gtk app, or a qt app? Do you make it something else entirely. Don’t get me wrong now, I am a huge Linux fan, but there is a giant amount of needed support and standards before any design, image editing, or print software companies can even seriously look at having a user base. I am a huge fan of Linux, and love it for a software development platform or server, but even if Photoshop were availible I wouldn’t be able to function.
There are a lot of choices when creating / porting an application to Linux. Therein lies the double-edged sword. Choice vs. Support. It isn’t feasible for a developer to support all possible scenarios, so I say just do what you want. Ideally, your application would be open source and the community would do all of the hacking to make is 64-bit, QT,ARTS out, etc. In a way, they are putting this burden on themselves as it seems the community is more than willing to help. Your opinion pretty much mirrors what Michael Dell said about the state of Linux a few months ago. A little convergence at the distro’s cores might not hurt…
haha, linux, haha