I've tried using both GPDF and XPDF on my Gnome 2.8/Debian system, but have experienced problems with both. In GPDF, it will open fine, but when I try and open a pdf file, it quits, giving this error:
(gpdf:7528): Bonobo-WARNING **: Activation exception 'Child process did not give an error message, unknown failure occurred'
XPDF merely doesn't run at all; it segfaults when I try to run it. I've tried purging the files and then reinstalling the packages to no avail, leaving me stuck using the old, cruddy Acrobat reader from Adobe (which does work).
If anybody has any suggestions as to how to rectify the problem, or anything else I might try, it would be greatly appreciated!