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Adobe Reader now available through APT

We’re pleased to announce the availability of the latest version of Adobe Reader (9.1) through APT. Adobe Reader is now hosted on the Canonical Partner Repositories, and can be installed seamlessly using the ‘apt-get’ command. Please refer the detailed steps below.

  1. Add Canonical Partner Repositories (one-time only)
    This section describes how to manage software repositories in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), and Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).

    • Via the Command Line
      Software sources can be managed by making direct modifications to the /etc/apt/sources.list file using the command line. However, we recommend using the GUI-based repository management (detailed below). If you prefer to use the command line instead of graphical user interface, see Managing Repositories from the Command Line instead.
    • Via the Graphical User Interface
      1. Locate the Software Sources panel
        GUI-based repository management is normally accomplished via the “Software Sources” panel. This panel can be accessed via two menus:

        • Software Sources: System > Administration > Software Sources
        • Synaptic: System > Administration > Synaptic >> Settings >> Repositories

        Note: You will have to enter your password to gain access to the page.

        Software Sources Menu item through the GUI
        Software Sources through the GUI

      2. Switch to the Third-party Software Tab
        The “Third-Party Software” tab is where you will be able to add the Canonical Partner Repositories.
        Third-party software tab
      3. Enable the Application Partner Repositories entry
        You will see two Canonical Partner repositories listed – one for applications and another for source code (src). Adobe Reader is hosted on the application repository (the first entry) – if this is not enabled on your system, enable the entry and select “Close”.
      4. Update the Database
        If you made changes in the previous step, you should be prompted to “Close”, “Reload” or “Revert” the changes. Select “Reload” to update the database.
        Update the database
  2. Install Adobe Reader
    To get the latest version of Adobe Reader for Linux, simply type the following command on the terminal:
    apt-get install acroread



    Just automatic reload left and acroread will be perfect.

    On a 64bit ‘apt-get install acroread’ by itself won’t work, as acroread is listed as a 32bit app. Please help.

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