Update : These steps do not work in Ubuntu 7.10. An updated tutorial is available here: Installing Adobe’s Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 7.10.
Recently I was asked how to install the Adobe Reader on Ubuntu. Personally I have always used the included Evince reader, as it has always served my purposed. However, as I found out, there are reasons why you may want to use the Adobe Reader. So, below are instructions for installing Adobe Reader (PDF) with Firefox Plugin:
sudo aptitude install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins
After installation is complete you should now have a copy of Adobe Reader available in “Applications > Office > Adobe Reader”. You will also need to restart Firefox for the plugin to take effect.
Adobe Reader support with SCIM
Note: If you have added additional language support (SCIM) you will have trouble with running Adobe Reader 7.0. There is a fix for this outlined below:
sudo gedit /usr/bin/acroread
Within that file change:
At this point Adobe Reader should work alongside additional language support (SCIM). In a later post I will outline how to associate Adobe Reader with Nautilus and also support for printing from Adobe.