The big RIA news today is that Silverlight is running on Linux. Miguel de Icaza has a post up with some screenshots and by all accounts the demo went well. I think this is great. These guys worked their tails off to get Silverlight implemented on Linux. They’re a bunch of awesome devs and I think that shows that people from all parts of the web are excited about RIAs. On the other hand, I’ve been talking to a lot of customers lately and one of the questions I always ask is how important Linux is to them. 99% of the time they tell me they don’t care about Linux support on the desktop.
But even if customers aren’t rolling out a bunch of Linux desktops, I think it’s still very important to support the platform. One of the great things about Ajax based web applications is that they basically run everywhere. If RIAs are to reach that status and become an integral part of the web, we need to be on Linux. Flash is there, now Silverlight looks like it will be too, and we’re looking to bring AIR to Linux soon after the first release.
I’ve been focusing on Adobe stuff here on my personal blog but I kind of miss talking about more general RIA stuff here as well as ZDNet, so I’m going to be moving back a bit and try to be more RIA-general. Obviously the fact that I work for Adobe has an impact, so keep that in mind when you’re reading.
[tags]Moonlight, Silverlight, Linux[/tags]Tweet