Should Adobe release software for Linux?

Today in Open Source: Are Adobe applications suitable for Linux users? Plus: The popularity of Android, and top Linux podcasts

Adobe products for Linux?

LinuxInsider reports on a petition drive to bring Adobe products to Linux.

What if commercial software developers for popular Windows products sold Linux versions to a waiting market of open source users? Think in terms of paying a subscription fee to use a Linux version of Adobe's Photoshop image manipulation software, for starters.

Is porting commercial products like Photoshop as a licensed -- that is, paid -- product for Linux a viable idea? That is precisely what one Linux server administrator wants Adobe to find out.

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I have no personal interest in using Adobe products, but I can see the appeal for certain users. I also have no problem with Adobe charging Linux users for its products. If people want to use them and are willing to pay then more power to Adobe and their Linux customers.

I know that some free software purists might not welcome paid Adobe products coming to Linux. But I don't see them as a threat to GIMP or any other open source application. I believe that Adobe products are simply another option for Linux users who might get some real value from them.

Of course it remains to be seen if there really is a viable Linux market for Adobe products. It could very well be just a tiny minority of Linux users that want Adobe applications running in Linux. If that's the case then I doubt very much that Adobe will bother with releasing applications for Linux.

On the other hand, the undoubted success of Android and Chromebooks could help make Linux an attractive target market for Adobe. Nobody knows what's going on inside of Adobe so we can't know if they are seriously consider this or not. But I can't imagine they would blithely ignore the market share of Android or the burgeoning number of Chrome OS users.

If you think bringing Adobe products to Linux is a good idea, you can sign the petition and help make it happen. The more people that sign the petition, the better the chances of Adobe making a commitment to producing software for Linux.

Here's a full list of Adobe products, which ones would you like to see running in Linux? And which ones are you willing to pay for?

The popularity of Android

Speaking of Android's popularity, Android Headlines has a report about how it has increased at the expense of iOS.

We have been having the biggest debate of the mobile world for a few years now… Android, or iOS? Each of them have their own major perks. Android has its insane amount of customization possibilities, and iOS has its ease of use (just to name a few). However, a new report from the IDC shows us some irrefutable proof: Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world.

Over the last three years, the Android operating system market share, in percentages of global unit shipments, has increased by roughly 29.6%, while iOS has dropped 3.6%. Windows Phone has surprisingly gained 1.5%, and BlackBerry has dropped 9.4%.

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It's no shocker that Android dominates the mobile operating system market. I will admit that I'm somewhat surprised at the growth in Windows Phone market share. That's a very interesting wrinkle in things, but I wonder if it will continue given all of the turmoil going on at Microsoft these days? I guess we'll have to wait and see to find out.

The decline of iOS isn't very surprising though, Apple still hasn't released a larger screen iPhone and I think that has hurt the sales of iOS devices. In some places in the world people either can't afford or don't want a tablet and a phone, they want one device with a screen large enough to fulfill both needs.

In other words, Apple needs a phablet. Rumors are already flying about two larger screen iPhones possibly coming this summer. This might actually be the year Apple finally releases their phablet(s), so we could see a significant turn around in iOS numbers if that happens.

Top Linux podcasts

Everyday Linux User has a list of what it considers to be the top Linux podcasts.

Last year I wrote an article called “Linux Podcasts and Magazines” which listed some of the best magazines and podcasts about Linux. Having looked back at that article I am aware that it could have gone a lot further as there are loads of podcasts that could have been named.

The following is a list of my favourite Linux based podcasts. This list is in no particular order as I think they are all good in their own way.

1. Linux Action Show

2. Linux Unplugged

3. The Linux Link Tech Show

4. Everyday Linux

5. Going Linux

6. Ubuntu UK Podcast

7. Linux Outlaws

8. Linux Luddites

9. Mintcast

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I'm not a podcast kind of guy, so I can't tell you which of these is worth checking out, but my guess is that there's probably something on the list for everybody.

The use of the term "podcast" is somewhat interesting though, since it originated with Apple's popular iPod product. I wonder if Linux podcasts should be renamed tuxcasts instead? That would make them more in line with the spirit of Linux rather than that of Apple. Or maybe I'm just nitpicking?

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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