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Produce Creative Suite for Linux

This isn't a new idea, but please produce Creative Suite or at least some applications at a time for the Linux OS, particularly Ubuntu which appears to be growing very fast.
This is an untapped market for Adobe and would mean absolutely explosive growth in support for Linux and Adobe software on the powerful Linux OS.
This would be a big feat, I'm not denying that, but nothing is impossible. Just think of the possibilities.
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    I subscribed to this thread a long time ago when I thought I needed Dreamweaver, Fireworks and a few other CS applications. However, I have moved on. I have learned to use GIMP. I have learned to code using suitable Linux programs that support it. I used to vote for improved Dreamweaver support in Codeweaver/Wine, but now I feel I would only do it to help others make the move. Sorry about those who are trapped into using psd format.
    After reading this sudden resurgence of activity on this thread, the last set of ideas by Aboubakr and Ricardo seem to make a lot more sense than trying to whip a reluctant monster like Adobe into developing their closed software. Adobe charges excessively high prices for their software anyway. So developing alternatives is much more efficient use of money than contributing to a greedy company.
    I also therefore note that this discussion should probably be held elsewhere.
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    If Adobe only wants to support inferior, closed platforms - Let them!

    I adapted to other tools and a different workflow years ago, and I would not look back even if Adobe suddenly decided to pick their heads out of their rear-ends. The closed platform paradigm is coming to it's end, and I will watch it go down in flames with interest and a smile.
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  • the timing is right for adobe to start experimenting with a linux version of their cs suite. Since the app store models are threatening to take 30% of their sales. They can have their own linux distribution with it's own adobe store.

    plus the momentum of the 2 main operating systems is towards consumers not professionals. Adobe can take advantage of pro's being after thoughts by windows 8 and os x.
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    http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/89...

    They love all devices and all platforms? Then why did they drop Flash for Linux?
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    This is not going to happened any time soon, there are some reasons for it:

    Business are business and in order to create an entire research, development and support division for Adobe CS on Linux there has to be a good market share and a clear return of investment from users who are willing to pay for the software, but history and reality has tech us that there is no culture of “pay-software” on the Linux community, just see how pirated apps are killing the Android Market, apps that are really cheap.

    The second thing to consider is the platform fragmentation, in order to develop the Creative Suite under Linux Adobe has to choose which distribution worth the effort, I think that the most used distribution and easy for users could be Debian and all the flavors coming from it like Ubuntu and Mint, but again if you follow the track of the Adobe-Linux relationship you know that Adobe ceased to develop Air for Linux a long time ago, sadly.

    The third issue to consider is the extremists in the free-software community, people who think like Richard Stallman will oppose to this contribution from Adobe calling it a threat to software liberties, there will be a holy war between many members in the free software community.

    The fourth issue to consider is the patents; how to develop pay-software under a developer environment where everything you use states that the resulting code/software should be free (libre-open) for everyone.

    So, I really love to dream about Adobe CS running on Linux, but sadly looking at these facts it looks like it is never to be done.
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    • @Rodrigo Polo...

      This is a sad trend of misinformation. Get your facts straight.

      There is a thriving culture of willing to pay customers. I'd like to cite the humblebundle (use google). The average payee of the Linux platform was much greater than that of the other two. Not only that the market share of paying customers there for Linux came in second behind Windows beating Mac. The customer base exists and we as users have proven time and again that we're willing to pay for software.

      Your comments about initially supporting debian are sane. Support one of the most popular distros to simplify support costs. That would be a wise move. All other distros would be on their own for running it but it could still run.

      The third issue you mention is kind of mute because Stallman has been on a holy war ever since he created the GNU. So there won't be much change there.

      Fourth issue is total crap. I'll cite you a great example because you sound like you own an iPhone (hope you do so you can verify). Go to Settings > General > About > Legal > Legal Notices. You scroll down in there and you'll notice the FreeBSD License, the GNU GPL v2, as well as many other open source licenses listed. That's right; iOS uses open source software in it and lists the GPL as part of their license of use. That being said it's all about copyright and licensing and NOT patents. Fact of the matter is there's plenty of open source software used in proprietary products as long as the original sources of the used libraries are not themselves modified (and if they're modified they're required to released the source of the modified library but not the whole product). Please do not spread false information like this and do your research before you claim something to be true or fact.

      I just blew your mind that iOS uses GNU GPL v2 software in it (Mac OSX does too).
    • I disagree on most of your points.

      1) This is wrong. What on earth do pirated Android apps have to do with the Linux community? You don't assume everyone who doesn't pay money for cheap Android apps is a member of the "Linux community", do you? The big part probably doesn't even know Android is based on Linux, let alone what Android is. Also, I know a lot of Linux users who pay for software like VMware. If you take a look at http://cheesetalks.twolofbees.com/hum... you see the average Linux user pays nearly double as much than the average Windows user. I'm sure there would be more statistics to support that.

      2) I think when they provide deb and rpm packages, most people should be happy. (Debian/Ubuntu/Mint/etc. and Fedora/Mandriva/Suse). Also I see some deb/rpm based packages in the Archlinux User Repository, so yeah, sounds like nearly everyone would be okay.

      3) Not very sure what to say to that, but I think you're exaggerating. I really don't get people think the Adobe products need to be opensource to be released for Linux.

      4) I don't get what that should have in common with patents, but well. Do you actually know the GPL License? It says you have to release sourcecode if you modify sourcecode which is under the GPL, and use that in your own binaries you distribute. It DOES NOT mean everything running under Linux should be opensource. Just to give you some examples: rar, Skype, (soon) Steam, Humblebundle games, Opera, Nero, Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader... Hell, probably a lot more.
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  • "there is no culture of “pay-software” on the Linux community"

    That's not true judging by the number of payed apps that have been developed for the ubuntu software center. Steam is being ported to linux. So game developers appear to believe that they can make a buck.

    "The second thing to consider is the platform fragmentation..."

    The vast majority of linux-users use a debian based distribution like debian, ubuntu, mint,... Users of other distribution will port the adobe suite to their package manager, you can be assured of that;-) These efforts have a long history in linux, its called community;-).

    "The third issue to consider is the extremists in the free-software community..."

    So what? The extremists play no significant role and cannot dictate how everyone else uses free software.

    "The fourth issue to consider is the patents.." This issue is no different on windows than on linux. Adobe must not use any open software in order to present a linux-compatible version of Adobe CS. That's complete rubbish.
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    Hi guys,

    I'm the community manager for Get Satisfaction, the company that makes the software powering this community. I don't have any affiliation with Adobe, except that they have a couple of customer communities on our platform.

    Until recently, our system would stop sending email notifications when a topic reached 100 followers. Due to the complaints we've received from both community managers and community members, we removed the limitation from our system. As result, more and more emails have been sent by us to Get Satisfaction users. I learned today that this thread has over 10,000 followers on it, and has triggered close to 1 million emails today alone.

    That said, I need to close this thread off for new comments and replies because of the volume of emails that it is triggering. I think it's very important for all of you to share your voice, so I've started a brand new thread for those of you that want to continue the discussion. Please post any new comments over here: Creative Suite for Linux (Thread #2).

    I sincerely apologize if this causes any frustration for any of you! Thank you so much for your patience & understanding as we work to strike the right balance with email notifications.

    PS) If you're interested in more of the back story, or need to learn how to adjust your email notification settings, please read this topic: Why am I getting so many emails from Get Satisfaction all of a sudden?!
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