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Adobe set to release final Reader 7.0 for Linux

April 11, 2005

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Adobe Systems is announcing the forthcoming availability -- expected to be posted for free download beginning Tuesday, April 12 -- of the final, updated Adobe Reader 7.0 for the Linux operating system.

Adobe had previously supported Linux users with Acrobat Reader 5.0, but did not offer an update when version 6 shipped. Late last year, the company joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and became active in the consortium's desktop Linux working group.

With the upcoming release, Adobe will support the ability to reliably view and print content across all major operating systems in the enterprise. Combined with the company's LiveCycle(tm) server software, Reader 7.0 for Linux lets individuals participate in business processes and interact with many types of content more securely, both on- and off-line, inside and outside the firewall.

"The rate of adoption of the Linux operating system among enterprises worldwide -- especially among government and financial services organizations - is increasing," said Eugene Lee, vice president of product marketing, Intelligent Documents Business Unit at Adobe. "Our customers were asking for Adobe Reader 7.0 on Linux as they begin to support core enterprise applications at the desktop."

"Adobe Reader is one of the primary tools Novell Linux Desktop customers use to collaborate with Windows users," said Ed Anderson, vice president of product marketing for Novell's platforms group. "In addition to Novell's extensive enterprise experience and Linux ecosystem, having enterprise software vendors like Adobe join Novell in supporting the Linux desktop will continue to expand the choices and capabilities the Linux community can offer enterprise customers."

"We are excited about continued advancements in Adobe technology for Red Hat customers," says Mike Evans, vice president of Partner Development at Red Hat, which has worked with Adobe on both server and desktop technologies for several years. "Adobe has been supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the server side with its LiveCycle software and Red Hat has been offering Adobe Reader for use with our solutions. Demand for Red Hat Desktop on a global basis has been extremely robust, and we are pleased to see the relationship continue to grow with Adobe Reader 7.0, certified on Red Hat Desktop."

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