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as400 01-19-2009 02:01 AM

Need a Good PDF reader for Sol10 X86
Adobe has announced that they may add support for Solaris X86 platforms in 2009....But who knows when...Anyone know here?

Ok, in the meantime, I need a good PDF reader because all I have now is called GPDF which is the built-in one I think from Gnome.

Not that good.

Is there any good ones out there until Adobe has support for x86?


jlliagre 01-19-2009 02:14 AM

Evince (gpdf is a link to it) is currently the best option.

crisostomo_enrico 01-19-2009 06:05 AM

Yes, indeed Solaris 10 pdf viewer is broken. Sometimes I cannot even read Sun's official documentation... I don't remember which patch broke the reader some time ago...

In Solaris 10, as jlliagre suggests, I'm using Evince, which is the same pdf reader shipped in SXCE. You can install it from Blastwave's software repository:

If you don't know how to set it up, then read blastwave documentation here:

Moreover, after the very same jlliagre some time ago explained me here in LQ some limitations on Blastwave's package layout, I usually set up a zone to host blastwave packages and then loopback mount /opt/csw where I need it. I wrote this, which is just a hint and a pointer to the LQ thread, if you want to read it:
Take into account that this web page is still a very alpha... I should write it down with more detail because I assume everybody can configure a Solaris 10 sparse zone.

Please take also into account that, even if blastwave's docs from still are built around pkg-get, this utility has recently been replaced by another one: pkgutil. Please read Blastwave wiki documentation to upgrade from pkg-get to pkgutil:

Hope this helps,

as400 01-19-2009 08:18 AM

is there any word as to when Adobe will have support for Solaris INTEL platforms???
I read a blog, that they are planning to release sometime this year (2009), but dont say when exactly....

I will just have to wait then.

Thanks for the repsonses though.

crisostomo_enrico 01-19-2009 09:18 AM

Well I really don't know (and care) because I don't even remember the last time I was using Adobe Reader (the former Acrobat Reader)... Is there any specific reason for which you require Adobe Reader? Did you try other options instead?

kebabbert 01-20-2009 07:16 AM

1. I installed Linux CentOS in a Zone and installed Adobe inside the Zone. So it is possible to use Adobe in Solaris (via BrandZ).
2. Or, you could use VirtualBox and install WinXP/Linux ontop. Then install Adobe.

1. There is a CentOS tarball on the BrandZ homepage, to download and install directly. You can just jump around in the file systems without problems to access the BrandZ Linux. Easy to copy files between solaris and Linux. BrandZ requires some configuration and some knowledge.
2. In this solution, VB shared folders does not work with Solaris really yet. You have to use NFS or CIFS instead to access the guest OS. No knowledge, VB is really easy.

jlliagre 03-24-2009 06:06 PM

Acrobat reader 9.1 has just been released for Solaris 10/OpenSolaris on x86:

crisostomo_enrico 03-25-2009 05:55 AM

Thanks jlliagre for the info, that's great news!

randux2 03-27-2009 08:49 AM

This works great. There are also versions available for Sparc!

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