In How Adobe can stop Microsoft, John C. Dvorak says Adobe should stop running from Microsoft and fight back. I agree.
He says a winning strategy would be to make Creative Suite compatible with Linux. My first reaction was "Hooray!"
However, in Dvorak Has Right Idea, Wrong Platform John Martellaro argues that Linux's 1% market share makes it a ridiculous weapon to use against Microsoft. He argues that Apple and Adobe should stop feuding and team up against Microsoft.
That makes some sense. However, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Linux. It's no secret that Microsoft is afraid of Linux - and for good reason.
But here's the interesting part: What if CS Linux boosted Linux's popularity?
In fact, I dreamed of switching to Linux for years before I finally opted for a Mac. One reason I couldn't use Linux is that I'm addicted to Dreamweaver and Photoshop.
I have few regrets. My Mac is the best computer I've ever owned. You couldn't pay me to go back to Windoze.
But imagine being able to buy a PC with Linux installed for $500 AND being able to install CS on it. Talk about stimulating competition.
A couple big questions...
1) Can Adobe afford the cost of porting CS over to a platform that has just 1% market share?
2) What kind of growth curve would Linux experience if it was matched with CS Linux?
In fact, I've seen many requests for a Dreamweaver/Linux version on the Macromedia/Dreamweaver forum.
Anyway, I thought this idea deserves a poll. Rather than make it a simple one-question / two-option poll ("Would you switch to Linux CS?"), I decided to make it a little more detailed.