Adobe Systems is to join the Linux Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering growth of the open source operating system.
The Foundation was created last year as a result of a merger between the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group. Members include HP, IBM, Google and Nokia.
"Adobe's decision to join the Linux Foundation is a natural extension of its commitment to open standards and open source, which demonstrates its leadership and foresight in the software industry," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation.
No April fools joke boys. Both the Linux foundation and Adobe released the news at March 31. in a press release which is available on their sites and these press releases haven't been revoked since. According to the above comments, not everyone took the time to read the announcement to determine the scope of the agreement. It is about the development suite of programs, not the end user utilities.
Adobe joining the linux foundation has nothing to do with open source. The Linux license allowes closed source applications to be run on top of it.
According to the press releases Adobe will now make development tools actively available to the Linux operating system. The goal is not to make Adobe applications open source, but the make the Linux platform more acceptable as a development platform for web applications with proven technology. Adobe is not distributing their source, they are just diversifying.