There’s an old rumor that Linux users are unable to run most popular computer applications. This rumor is unfounded since most major developers are putting out Linux versions alongside their Windows and Mac versions, but recently several major software developers have stopped providing Linux support in various capacities. Recently, in what many consider a strange move, Google shut down Picasa for Linux, one of the most popular photo sharing and archiving programs for Linux. Google is also releasing their new Google Drive cloud server without any native support for Linux. Google’s reluctance to support Linux in all of it’s endeavors is a bit puzzling, since Google actually uses Linux on their own servers.
Another major publisher that is shying away from Linux is Adobe. They recently announced that the latest version of their Adobe Flash will not have a native version for Linux. Flash is necessary for viewing many web sites, and in the past Adobe has provided Linux versions. Right now the only way around this is to use the Adobe Flash plugin in Google Chrome. This is a viable solution, but it forces Linux users to use Google Chrome. Google Chrome is great, but most Linux users are on Linux because they resent being forced to use one piece of software or another.
Finally there is a new piece of Mozilla software to install apps on their browsers, and there is no Linux support there. Why is everyone hating on Linux?