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Old 06-09-2006, 07:33 AM   #1
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installing adobe reader on ubuntu 5.04

I have installed ubuntu linux and now want to download adobe reader. On adobe homepage I can choose tar or rpm file. Since I had problems with installing software earlier what can you recommend, should I download tar or rpm file?
Which will be easier to install?
Old 06-09-2006, 07:39 AM   #2
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RPMs are for distros that use the RPM Package Manager and Ubuntu does not (It uses Debian packages). You can install from the tar file or convert the rpm into a Debian package using the "alien" command and install the resulting package with "dpkg -i".
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Cant you use apt get?

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-cache search adobe
(could be wrong, its been a while).

if not then you can either get the tar and compile from source, or get the .RPM and use alien to convert it -

Says there is a deb package, so should be an ubuntu one.

Never taken the alien route so can't comment on the difference of ease between these 2 but apt get will be the easiest
Old 06-10-2006, 05:06 AM   #4
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I'm on dialup 28,8K, so I'm not going to download myself. My friend will download it. I'll try with tar and if I didn't have success I'll try with that alien stuff
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ubuntu comes with a pretty good pdf reader...

In my install, its not listed under the menu, but its called "evince"

not as pro as adobe acrobat, but if all you want to do is read pdf files, it should suffice...


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