Adobe CS5 and Linux

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Hi, couldn’t find a specific place to post this as my question is not related to a specific product, but a question regarding an Adobe suite and operating systems.

Background.

I run a small IT company specialising in providing secure hosting to web development firms specialising in e-commerce and enterprise level websites. On the back of that, we directly produce approx 5 - 7 enterprise level e-commerce website per year. Our servers are only Linux as we feel those are the fastest and most secure, thus we specialise on PHP/MySQL scripts.

But for script development we have been using CS3 on Vista for the past 3 years. Because of advancing technology (i.e. Vista running like a dog) it is time to upgrade our development hardware and software. We have been looking at CS5 and Windows 7. But because we provide Linux only servers and myself and our senior staff use Linux at home we have questioned the purchasing of new hardware and new operating systems.

The problem
From what I can tell, Adobe do not support Linux regards their software suites. This means we cannot use Linux as a development platform using our preferred applications. I have taken one of our standard development machines aside for experimental testing with Linux and Windows (the results are at the end of this post), overall the performance of the same system running the same apps but under a different operating system is staggering.

The Question

Will Adobe ever produce software suites for Linux? If not, why not?

We feel nothing comes close to photoshop, firework and dreamweaver, but we cannot use it on our OS of choice.


My Moan

Many things written for Apple aren't too difficult to port over to Linux, as they share a common ancestry and both are classed as Unix like operating systems. I appreciate that Linux systems are only estimated to equate for 6% to 8% of desktop environments etc but that figure is slowly growing. Especially with organisations like google using Ubuntu for their desktops and replacing a Google OS based on Ubuntu. And as 70% of the worlds servers run Linux, I'd guess that most things developed by using Adobe products are delivered via Linux.

I'm not a hater of Windows, I just think Linux is a better more powerful, more stable system. Im not a hater of Apple, I just think they are massively over priced and the cost / performance isn’t justified! So getting apple systems is not cost effective.

We are looking to buy 10 licences for CS5 Master. Now because Linux isn’t supported we have to now look at buying 10 Windows 7 Licences, 10 AV licences and of course 10 more powerful development machines to cope with Microsoft Bloated OS. Aside from the massive additional costs.. There is also the environmental aspect of having to get new machines. If you look at the stats below, you can see my reasoning why I am gutted Linix is not supported.

Stats

Quadcore 64bit 2.5GHz

4Gb DDR3

1TB HDD

Running Ubuntu 10.04LTS

Idol CPU = 5%

Idol memory = 200Mb

Active CPU (Open Office Writer, The Gimp, Inkspace, Filezilla, Kate) = 25%

Active memory = 800Mb

(overall the machine runs like lightening)

Running Window 7

Idol CPU = 25%

Idol Memory = 1.07Gb

Active CPU = (OpenOffice, The Gimp, Inkspace, Filezilla, Notpad++) 80%

Active Memory = 3Gb

And you can start to feel the lag using windoz.. NB.. not a single driver for any of the hardware was not automatically installed via Ubuntu. Even our ATI HD dual output graphic cards were supported. Even  ATI's Proprietary software to manage our graphic cards has more features and can do more under Ubuntu.

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Adobe CS5 and Linux

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Hi, couldn’t find a specific place to post this as my question is not related to a specific product, but a question regarding an Adobe suite and operating systems.

Background.

I run a small IT company specialising in providing secure hosting to web development firms specialising in e-commerce and enterprise level websites. On the back of that, we directly produce approx 5 - 7 enterprise level e-commerce website per year. Our servers are only Linux as we feel those are the fastest and most secure, thus we specialise on PHP/MySQL scripts.

But for script development we have been using CS3 on Vista for the past 3 years. Because of advancing technology (i.e. Vista running like a dog) it is time to upgrade our development hardware and software. We have been looking at CS5 and Windows 7. But because we provide Linux only servers and myself and our senior staff use Linux at home we have questioned the purchasing of new hardware and new operating systems.

The problem
From what I can tell, Adobe do not support Linux regards their software suites. This means we cannot use Linux as a development platform using our preferred applications. I have taken one of our standard development machines aside for experimental testing with Linux and Windows (the results are at the end of this post), overall the performance of the same system running the same apps but under a different operating system is staggering.

The Question

Will Adobe ever produce software suites for Linux? If not, why not?

We feel nothing comes close to photoshop, firework and dreamweaver, but we cannot use it on our OS of choice.


My Moan

Many things written for Apple aren't too difficult to port over to Linux, as they share a common ancestry and both are classed as Unix like operating systems. I appreciate that Linux systems are only estimated to equate for 6% to 8% of desktop environments etc but that figure is slowly growing. Especially with organisations like google using Ubuntu for their desktops and replacing a Google OS based on Ubuntu. And as 70% of the worlds servers run Linux, I'd guess that most things developed by using Adobe products are delivered via Linux.

I'm not a hater of Windows, I just think Linux is a better more powerful, more stable system. Im not a hater of Apple, I just think they are massively over priced and the cost / performance isn’t justified! So getting apple systems is not cost effective.

We are looking to buy 10 licences for CS5 Master. Now because Linux isn’t supported we have to now look at buying 10 Windows 7 Licences, 10 AV licences and of course 10 more powerful development machines to cope with Microsoft Bloated OS. Aside from the massive additional costs.. There is also the environmental aspect of having to get new machines. If you look at the stats below, you can see my reasoning why I am gutted Linix is not supported.

Stats

Quadcore 64bit 2.5GHz

4Gb DDR3

1TB HDD

Running Ubuntu 10.04LTS

Idol CPU = 5%

Idol memory = 200Mb

Active CPU (Open Office Writer, The Gimp, Inkspace, Filezilla, Kate) = 25%

Active memory = 800Mb

(overall the machine runs like lightening)

Running Window 7

Idol CPU = 25%

Idol Memory = 1.07Gb

Active CPU = (OpenOffice, The Gimp, Inkspace, Filezilla, Notpad++) 80%

Active Memory = 3Gb

And you can start to feel the lag using windoz.. NB.. not a single driver for any of the hardware was not automatically installed via Ubuntu. Even our ATI HD dual output graphic cards were supported. Even  ATI's Proprietary software to manage our graphic cards has more features and can do more under Ubuntu.

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mmcshane78 wrote on 11/9/2010 3:00 PM:

Hi, couldn’t find a specific place to post this as my question is not related to a specific product, but a question regarding an Adobe suite and operating systems.

So post in one of the Creative Suite forums:

http://forums.adobe.com/community/creativesuites

It may not be a perfect match, but it is a lot better than this forum.

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I would but that is specific to wondows or mac users.. my question is regards linux

maybe the Lounge forum would be better?.. i shall repost there

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subject matter moved here

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/749724

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subject moved here

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This type of comment regarding Linux comes up regularly over the years.

Don't hold your breath.

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