Adobe Opens Up (A Bit)

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| I will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that the old proprietary
| software companies are finally seeing the light and beginning – some faster,
| some slower – to open up. Adobe is one such company, and to consolidate its
| moves it has set up a new site, called simply Adobe Open Source...


Adobe AIR on Linux: Pre-Beta Testers Needed

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| As of today there have only been releases of Adobe AIR for Windows and Mac
| but Adobe is committed to also delivering a version for Linux. This is great
| news for developers like me who use Linux as their primary desktop operating
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Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash

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| Now Adobe, which controls Flash and Flash Video, is trying to change that
| with the introduction of DRM restrictions in version 9 of its Flash Player
| and version 3 of its Flash Media Server software. Instead of an ordinary web
| download, these programs can use a proprietary, secret Adobe protocol to talk
| to each other, encrypting the communication and locking out non-Adobe
| software players and video tools. We imagine that Adobe has no illusions that
| this will stop copyright infringement -- any more than dozens of other DRM
| systems have done so -- but the introduction of encryption does give Adobe
| and its customers a powerful new legal weapon against competitors and
| ordinary users through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). * * * *

Adobe to launch AIR 1.0

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| A version of AIR for Linux is expected later this year, he said. Adobe will
| also create versions that run on mobile devices in the future.