is released and therefor there is a lot of reading on the web about it.
The second statement I see appearing a lot is the question of whether it's a positive addition to you default installation? Because a lot of platforms are left out of scope (64-bits, *nix) is it really cross platform? Or can we better focus on technologies like Mozilla Prism
or Google Gears
, or maybe HTML5 (which promises a offline application type of option)?
These question are a bit harder to answer and my opinion is on both sides of the mather. I think Adobe has to deploy 64-bits versions of both AIR and Flash player as soon as possible (even windows XP 64-bits has no native Flash Player or AIR player). The *nix version of the Flash Player is definitely not all that, what to expect from the AIR player?
But is there an alternative for AIR? Mozilla Prism is definitely not a real competitor (it is just a window lacking a browser chrome with offline browsing enabled). Google Gears is as far as I know a piece of software emulating an internet connection so offline browsing is possible. But both technologies don't give the user an extra API for the desktop.
The downside of the Flash Player and AIR is the fact Adobe is the owner and therefor decides whether something is important to fix or not. I'm glad Adobe is starting to have an open source attitude, thumbs up! Please add the Flash Player and AIR to the open source catalog!