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Adobe Abandons Linux Flash Builder

The move could be a harbinger of other companies re-evaluating their Linux investments

Adobe said Wednesday that's it's not going to put any more money into developing the Linux version of Flash Builder, once called Flex Builder, because there's no money in it.

The move could be a harbinger of other companies re-evaluating their Linux investments given the still nasty economic environment and the Linux community's notorious proclivity for not being a revenue generator. Oracle, for one, which sees software as a business it controls, recently pulled the plug on OpenSolaris.

Anyway Adobe turned in a handsome quarter Tuesday but got slammed real bad when it forecast lower sales this quarter than the Street was expecting.

Adobe said its position on Linux is limited to Flash Builder, its Eclipse-based IDE for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs) and cross-platform desktop applications for its Flash platform. Its AIR widgetry supports cross-platform desktop applications and it will continue to develop the AIR SDK for Linux.

It said Linux developers will still be able to use the SDK from the line command to build Flex applications.

Its decision followed a study of the market opportunities of selling a commercial Linux Flex Builder/Flash Builder product.

It said it would put the money saved into new features and monitor its decision against the use of the Flex SDK by Linux developers.

It has killed the Flex Builder for Linux alpha on Adobe Labs. The still-useable alphas already in the wild will time-out come December 31.

The company said it still means to support Flash Player and AIR for the Linux platform.

Adobe said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter sales will amount to $950 million-$1 billion and throw off earnings of 48 cents-54 cents. Financial analysts were looking for 53 cents on $1.03 billion. Adobe's shares fell 21% on the news.

Its Creative Suite flagship, badly damaged at the height of the downturn, is apparently losing traction again particularly in Japan and in the U.S. education market after a flush quarter.

Adobe realized $230.1 million, or 44 cents a share, up 69%, on sales of $990.3 million, up 42%, in its third quarter.

On the bright side Apple recently softened its ban of Flash on its widgets.

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