Flash player no longer supported, what happens to media9 and Skim?
jerry at seibercom.net
Mon Aug 3 13:40:04 CEST 2020
On Mon, 3 Aug 2020 09:16:58 +0200, Julius Dittmar stated:
>>> OpenSource and other vendors did a much better job with readers for
>>> Linux and Adobe did not want to be compared to any of them.
>As far as I remember, Microsoft told Adobe that either Adobe stop
>supporting Linux, or Microsoft would stop pre-installing Adobe products
>on Windows boxes. At least that was the reason given in the Linux
>community when Acrobat support was dropped.
If that were true, it would have opened up a HUGE anti-trust lawsuit. I
seriously doubt that there is any validity in that account.
Microsoft is the world's biggest open source contributor, at least, as
measured by the number of employees actively contributing to open
source projects on GitHub. In fact, Microsoft has double the number of
open source contributors as the second most active contributor, Google.
The Linux share of Adobe users was estimated at 1.56%. Even MAC was
higher at 6%. Microsoft ate up the rest. Financially, it was a waste of
time to support Linux. Commercial products like Adobe Acrobat DC were
never going to be purchased by the Linux community which shuns "for
profit" software like most people avoid the plague. Obviously, Adobe
could not just give the software away, so they did the next best thing,
they abandoned the *.nix platform entirely. All things considered, it
was a wise financial move. By the way, it was not just Acobat, but
rather, the entire Adobe family of software.
Personally, I am a big user of Acobat DC, along with Dreamweaver and
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