Installation (Hardy and later)
Adobe Reader 9 is available from the Canonical Partner repository. It can be easily installed by adding the Canonical Partner repository and installing the
acroread package. It includes the standalone reader as well as the browser plugin.
Installation (Feisty and Gutsy)
acroread is no longer available in the Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) and 7.10 (Gutsy) repos due to licensing nonsense (see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread/+bug/43780). It can be easily installed by adding the Medibuntu repository and installing the
acroread package for the standalone reader and the
mozilla-acroread package for the browser plugin.
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There are incidents of
acroread hanging (confirmed with version 7.0.9-1 in Feisty). If you launch it from the terminal, it will spit out "expr: syntax error" endlessly. The problem can be fixed by editing the file
sudo editor /usr/bin/acroread
In the line
echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\).0.so.0.\([0-9]\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
(use ctrl-W to search for it) an extra '*' must be added in the parenthetical expression after ".so.0.":
echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\).0.so.0.\([0-9]*\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
Adobe Reader 9
Adobe Reader 9.1 is available in the Canonical Partner repository for Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) and later.
Adobe Reader 8
Adobe Reader 8.1.1 is available in Medibuntu for Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy). For older Ubuntu versions: It is officially supported (by Adobe) on Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), and is also known to work on Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). References:
To install, follow the instructions for "Installing downloaded packages" on the InstallingSoftware page.