Adobe interested in Linux?

It appears that Adobe, the makers of Photoshop and Illustrator (among other things), seem to be interested in Linux. Also, it looks like they are seriously considering releasing things as Open Source, too.

Just an educated guess: Adobe will probably open source some groundwork for making their apps work nicer on Linux. The list will most likely involve changes in things like the Linux kernel, GTK+, GNOME, font rendering, and in the X server.

After (and/or while) their changes have propogated, they may work on porting and releasing key apps according to some strategy. I’m not sure if that will include the heavy hitters of Adobe Creative Suite, but it would be nice. I’m guessing their first app will probably be a revised Adobe Reader (for the desktop and for Linux-based hand-helds) and then they will follow with their server stuff. Maybe after that time (or during it?) we may see other user-facing apps, like the suite.

Of course, this is all just a total guess and I really don’t know anything more than what CNet says.

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4 Responses to “Adobe interested in Linux?”

  1. Jackie says:

    I had heard something about Adobe having already done in-house work with Linux, but using QT. If memory serves me right, I heard this just about the same time a story appeared on /.

    I’d much rather see them put their weight behind GNOME. I mean, the GIMP is pretty much there (apart from text handling, which never looks right to me) but I need my Mac for Illustrator, which is a shame.

  2. Mitja Pagon says:

    Since Adobe has some prior experience with QT (Adobe Photoshop Album), I would assume that they will focus on QT rather than GTK. But again this is only my assumption.

  3. Raphael Bosshard says:

    I’m developing a GTK+/GNOME application and like it. But anyway; what makes you think Adobe will choose GTK+ over QT?

  4. Kreg Steppe says:

    Adobe Reader for Linux needed some love for some time now. I look forward to it. This just gives Linux more ligitimacy, which is a good thing.