"Adobe Air allows one to deploy browser less rich Internet
applications on desktop that are not bounded by local storage
limitations or limited file system access as is the case with Ajax
application running inside a browser.
"Now Adobe finally has released the stable version of the Air
environment on Linux bringing it up to date with the version
available on Mac OS X and Windows.
"Here in this tutorial , I describe how you can easily install
Adobe AIR environment on your Ubuntu 8.10 desktop and some
interesting applications that you can run atop Adobe AIR."