Linux developers can now create, test and deploy rich internet applications on the open source platform using the free Adobe Flex 2 Software Developers Kit, Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express.
Flash is estimated to have been installed on over 700 million internet-connected PCs and mobile devices worldwide across multiple platforms.
Emmy Huang, senior product manager at Adobe, said: "Now the Linux community has full access to the high volume of Flash content and applications available on the internet today, bringing Linux developers and users to the forefront of the Web 2.0 experience."
Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux features capabilities such as efficient memory utilisation, advanced features for graphics, video and text, as well as the ActionScript Virtual Machine 2 (AVM2), which allows up to 10 times faster scripting performance.
Adobe recently contributed source code from the AVM2 to the Mozilla Foundation, which is hosting a new open source project called Tamarin to accelerate the development of a standards-based approach for creating rich web applications that work across multiple platforms.
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