Today Adobe has announced that they will no longer support AIR on the Linux desktop. They will now focus their resource on developing AIR for iOS and Linux on mobile devices particularly Android.
According to Netmarketshare, the growth of Linux on the desktop has stagnated at around 1% and Adobe says that the download share for AIR on the Linux desktop hovers around at just 0.5%. So, it no longer make sense for Adobe to devote their resource for developing AIR on the Linux desktop.
Recently, Adobe released AIR 2.7 but they did not update their Linux client and SDK. Today’s announcement from Adobe means that AIR 2.7 for Linux will never arrive.
So, with the 2.7 release of AIR, we made a decision to prioritize our resources towards a Linux porting kit for AIR, which our Open Screen Project partners can use to complete implementations of AIR for Linux-based platforms. As such, we will be focusing on supporting partner implementations and will no longer be releasing our own versions of Adobe AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux.
During the same time that growth on desktop Linux has been stagnating, the growth of Linux on mobile device has exploded mostly because of Android. According to the IDC report from March 2011, the Android market share for mobile OS is expected to reach 46% by 2015. Another mobile platform, iOS has also growing rapidly and by 2015, it is expected to have a market share of 15%.
So, it no longer is in Adobe’s interest to focus on the Linux desktop. Instead, they want to focus their development effort on the rapidly expanding mobile platforms like Android and iOS.
Do you use AIR on your Linux desktop? I do not use it and I sure will not miss it.