Add Linux Support
It would be great if the Adobe Apps were fully cross-platform compatible. We already have Mac support so the precedent further *Nix OS support seems reasonable. This would help me immensely as this barrier is the ONLY thing that keeps me tied to both Mac OS and Windows in addition to Ubuntu. Currently I have to deal with either:
1. A shoddy WINE installation of the aging CS6 apps
2. A windows VM which is painful for the type of development work I do around Illustrator
This would also lead to some further cost / performance benefits with the systems I work on too, as those are currently locked to Windows enviros which are costly in-and-of themselves.
If you can support Mac, you already support POSIX fairly well. I'd literally purchase a subscription forever if I had a native version for Linux. Who would use Inkscape if Illustrator were available?!
Jürgen Haubenreich commented
The year is 2023 and even Microsoft has been developing for Linux platforms and has been concerned with the further development of Linux. It would be a leap into the future if Adobe would also rely on Linux. And with all the Creative Cloud, we would also move from Autodesk 3D software to Adobe to have an all-in-one package with Linux Debian or Fedora.
Many of us have chosen to pay for Microsoft solely because Adobe doesn't support Linux yet. So, the expenses equation becomes: Adobe expenses = Adobe expenses + Microsoft expenses + the inconvenience of not being comfortable.
Especially nowadays, the development and maintenance have become much easier with universal package managers like Flatpak, Nix (which is a standalone package manager and cross-platform, gaining a good reputation), and Snap (Blender uses this, although this option specifically is not well received by the community); even Debian has started supporting proprietary software from their latest version, Debian 12. These package manager options are all open source, and if any functionalities are lacking, Adobe can consider exploring collaborations or partnerships with the Linux community, benefiting themselves and finding creative solutions that align with their business model. Additionally, such collaborations can contribute to the growth and improvement of the Linux ecosystem, providing a more comprehensive and seamless experience for Adobe users on Linux.
While there is currently no direct alternative to Adobe on Linux, it's important to note that the Linux app ecosystem is continuously evolving. It's difficult to predict when there might be a shift in the landscape, rendering Adobe's software unnecessary. By embracing Linux now, Adobe can position itself at the forefront of this changing environment and ensure its continued relevance and value to users.
Alternatively, users can utilize AppImage. Although I don't prefer it, I will use it for the Adobe collection. I don't mind using it for a couple of important apps.
The Linux user base for desktop is growing, and Linux has matured significantly as a desktop OS over the past years. In fact, it is now better than Windows. Additionally, I believe artists will love the customization options and freedom available for their Linux desktop environment. By exploring possibilities to support Linux, Adobe can tap into a thriving community of artists, designers, and developers who are eager to see their favorite software become accessible on their preferred operating system. It would be an opportunity for Adobe to expand their reach, meet the needs of a diverse user base, and explore new avenues for innovation.
Overall, I encourage Adobe to consider supporting Linux and explore the possibilities offered by universal package managers and the growing Linux user base. By doing so, they can adapt to the changing landscape, provide enhanced experiences for their users, and explore new opportunities for growth and innovation while maintaining their unique business model and protecting their intellectual property.
Ernesto Ordoñez commented
As others mentioned here and in the forums, Adobe is nowadays the only thing keeping us stuck on Windows, an antiquated OS that thrives on collecting user information and hindering performance on non-partner systems (AMD, for example).
Libine Azevedo commented
Adobe is the only thing still keeping me stuck to windows too. Not even the games I loved to play on steam are incompatible anymore with the addition of protondb... Making it so that windows games just run on Linux.
I wonder if that could also be used for compatibility too. Or if something similar could be done for Adobe software.
The Open Source Design community is growing, and TBH its been a giant blocker for us, that our colleagues on Linux can't ever use/access our files. Like, even a rudimentary ability to edit things in CC Web, would be helpful.
I would also love to move to 100% Linux, and don't understand why you guys refuse to support it. It's not like we'd expect Adobe to publish free versions of Creative Cloud, we'd pay the same as everyone else.
Illustrator works on Windows and Mac, but you are missing out on a big customer base for scientists who would prefer using Illustrator on the Linux Operating system. Please work towards creating a Linux version for Illustrator. Shared this feedback through years or using Illustrator.
Adson Cicilioti commented
YEP!! Linux is the Future!