Bivša zaposlenica Adobe-a odgovara na pitanje "Why doesn't Adobe think of releasing its suite to Linux?"
I worked for Adobe as an engineer 5 years ago. I was not in on these meetings and my knowledge is out of date, but I can add a little info.
First they do think about it. All the time. Adobe's customers are mostly creative, but inside we're mostly engineers who use Linux and support open software. (The PDF standard was opened and Flex from the start).
But it just doesn't make businesses since. First, "Linux" is not just one OS, its many. Adding Linux support would be a huge -HUGE- engineering effort. And how many people would even buy it?
To get an idea about how big an effort it would be, let's talk about testing. Just testing. Are you familiar with testing matrices? Thats when you get all the locals supported (eng, French, German, Japanese, Italian, ...) along one side. Then the operating systems (OSX, win 8, win 7, vista, XP) on another side. Then version on the other (stand alone, with creative suite, standard, pro, etc). Then the install path along another (clean install, update from last release, update from older release update from prev release with a different locale, etc).
If you try to image that matrix, you'll notice there are more than 2 sides and a lot of frickin squares inside. If you add one more "row" say Ubuntu support as an OS, you add A LOT of tests. Enough that you need to hire new full time quality engineers. (Besides the regular engineers to add support in the first place).
Does Adobe *have* to do all those tests? Yeah, pretty much. To not include different language support or to release a less-than-polished final product would hurt their brand more than just not supporting Linux.
And remember, thats all assuming just one Linux flavor, say Ubuntu support. Would the BSD people still complain? Yes. Would Adobe sell enough Ubuntu versions to pay for all that additional engineering staff? Thats not my field, but I think probably not. They have *really* smart people who make those calculations and predictions. And thats why they don't support it.
Again, I don't represent Abobe. This is just my impression of why, mostly based on hearsay from when I was there.
They just don't think there is a large enough market share for linux.
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