Adobe + Linux == Balls

This week, I replaced my increasingly infuriating Kubuntu installation with a fresh install of the beautiful Linux Mint 9 Isadora. Just like the project motto says, if Ubuntu is freedom, then Mint truly is elegance. The only hiccup that I hit during the entire installation process (aside from dicking up my fstab file because I suck) occurred when I tried to install Tweetdeck. As per usual, Adobe Air refused to correctly install on my system. It’s a damned good thing that Tweetdeck is an awesome app, because I’ve run into these problems before, and am just about ready to give up on it entirely.

This time, the alleged reason for my woes is that I dared to install Mint’s 64-bit build. Because, you know, we haven’t had 64-bit processors since 2003.

To make a long story short, it took me nearly an hour to get everything up and running. Below are two good resources that may help others in a similar situation:

In closing, Adobe sucks.


  1. I’d like to point out that you’re using “==” incorrectly. “==” is for evaluation, there you are clearly equating.

  2. I would also like to point out that you should be using Seesmic web app. Works in any distro and has some really great features. It is still missing some (, facebook, etc.) but they are working on it and so far it has been the easiest twitter “app” I have ever used.

  3. @Phil – That’s ridiculous. ‘==’ is used to show boolean equivalence between two things, which is exactly what I’m doing. Had I used ‘=’ I would have been assigning ‘Balls’ to the statement ‘Adobe + Linux’. As it stands, this is unnecessary, because the combination is already balls. I’m a programmer too 😛

    @Rothgar – Seesmic looks like Apple re-skinned Tweetdeck, and still relies on Adobe Air in order to run on Mac or Linux, which puts me in no better a position than Tweetdeck did. If there’s something that really separates it from Tweetdeck, let me know, and I’ll give it a shot, but otherwise, I’ll stick with the evil I know.

  4. @Rothgar – My apologies, I see now that they have a web app. Sounds great, except that I already have Tweetdeck installed on all of my machines. However, in the future, I will definitely look into it as a replacement for the evil that is Adobe Air.

  5. @Jon F

    No you’re definitely wrong there. For added hilarity, let me refute your claims in reverse order.

    First of all, you may fancy yourself a programmer, but my 3 year old cousin who likes to finger paint fancies herself an artist. That doesn’t mean either of you are particularly talented in your respective “professions”.

    Second, as per your own argument, using ‘=’ assigns the value of ‘Balls’ to ‘Adobe + Linux’. Now, if this assignment is unnecessary because “the combination is already balls”, then you’ve just proven that this article was unnecessary – as you’re arguing something that is already known to be true. Otherwise, your article is an argument to assign the value of ‘Balls’ to ‘Adobe + Linux’ in which case you’re still wrong.

    Next ‘==’ is not used to show equivalence, its used to test equivalence which is the same as evaluating their equivalence. That’s why we use it in if statements, to test if the statement X == Y is true or not.

  6. @Phil D

    ” No you’re definitely wrong there. For added hilarity, let me refute your claims in reverse order. ”

    Regardless of who’s right, you still look like an arrogant jerk.

  7. Hi, I’m very interested in Linux but Im a Super Newbie and I’m having trouble deciding on the right distribution for me (Havent you heard this a million times?) anyway here is my problem, I need a distribution that can switch between reading and writing in English and Japanese (Japanese Language Support) with out restarting the operating system.

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