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AIR on Linux Test Run

Dec 24, 2008, 19:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"I'm not crazy about AIR. It's not the first, or one-hundred and first, application layer software to make it possible to run the same application on multiple platforms. Java, JavaScript, etc. etc. have all had their day in the sun and more recently Silverlight/Moonlight, JavaFX, and Appcelerator Titanium have thrown their hats in the ring. That said. AIR applications are remarkably fast and reasonably mature.

"We're already seeing a fair number of non-trivial, useful AIR programs like the Google Analytics Reporting Suite, the twhrl social network client, and RichFLV, a Flash video editor. And, now, in addition to Windows and Mac OS, you can run AIR and its applications on Linux as well.

"That's the good news. The bad news is that getting AIR to install on your Linux desktop can be troublesome and, once in place, installing AIR applications is a bit of a security worry."

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