Adobe Ends Linux FrameMaker Beta Trials, Scraps Plans to Release Final ProductNov 28, 2000, 11:00 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)
Members of the Beta Program for Adobe's port of FrameMaker to Linux were informed today that the company has concluded its beta testing, the timed betas have a little over a month to run, and that any documents they created using the software will have to be opened using FrameMaker for Windows, Mac, or UNIX once the Linux beta versions expire on December 31.
A letter the company sent out, quoted below, said Adobe will not release a commercial version of FrameMaker for Linux at this time:
Thank you for participating in the FrameMaker 5.5.6 on Linux beta program. The beta program has now completed, and the beta software is no longer available for download. The beta licenses will expire on 31 December 2000, and you will be unable to use the product after that date. The FrameMaker product team appreciates your feedback and participation in Adobe's investigations into the Linux market for FrameMaker. From this study, Adobe has determined that it will not, at this time, release a commercial version of FrameMaker or FrameMaker+SGML on the Linux platform. Of course FrameMaker 6.0 and FrameMaker+SGML 6.0 software continues to be available for the Windows, Mac and UNIX platforms. If you have documents created with the FrameMaker 5.5.6 beta on Linux which you wish to continue to use, you have two choices. Documents created with the FrameMaker 5.5.6 Beta on Linux software may be opened with FrameMaker 5.5.6 or 6.0, or FrameMaker+SGML 5.5.6 or 6.0, on a Windows, Mac or UNIX platform. Alternatively you should save any documents created with the software to text before 31 December 2000, for that content to be accessible to other applications after 31 December 2000. Comments on the FrameMaker 5.5.6 on Linux beta program can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you again for participation in this program. Best Regards, The FrameMaker Product Team Adobe Systems Incorporated