Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux.

Linux developers can now create, test and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Linux platform using the free Adobe Flex 2 Software Developers Kit (SDK), Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express.

Flash is already installed on over 700 million internet-connected PCs and mobile devices worldwide.

“With the proliferation of video on the Web, Adobe Flash Player is quickly becoming the de facto industry standard for delivering engaging interactive content and applications”, said Emmy Huang, senior product manager at Adobe. “Now the Linux community has full access to the high volume of Flash content and applications available on the Internet today, bringing Linux developers and users to the forefront of the Web 2.0 experience.”

The new application has had the backing from both Red Hat and Novell, makers of the SUSE variant.

“Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers high-quality performance, a more secure viewing experience and an enhanced programming model that will help further advance SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as the top Linux desktop for business”, said Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell.

Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux is available immediately as a free download.

The standalone and debug versions of Adobe Flash Player for developers are also available. Adobe Flash Player 9 for Linux will also be included in Linux operating systems distributed by Novell and Red Hat later this year.