Adobe has moved into the Linux arena, by announcing “initial support” for the Linux OS.

Adobe will offer a Linux version of Acrobat Distiller in the first quarter of 2000, and customers can now download a beta version of FrameMaker for Linux form the company’s Web site.

“We’ve seen growing interest in Linux among our customers,” said Bruce Chizen, Adobe’s executive vice president of worldwide products and marketing.

Adobe’s Acrobat Distiller Server allows for high-volume creation of PDF documents. A Linux version of Acrobat Reader is already available from Adobe’s Web site.

FrameMaker 5.5.6 is a document-creation and publishing solution, featuring WYSIWYG word processing, formatting controls and table-designing facilities.