Install Adobe Reader 8.1.3 on Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex”

By | 2008/11/15

UPDATE: Install Adobe Reader 9 on Ubuntu 9.10

For those of you that run blogs, are you ever surprised at the content that ends up being the most popular?  I get surprised all the time, particularly that my previous post regarding installation of adobe reader on Ubuntu 8.04 is near the top of the list.

Well, now that 8.10 has been released and Adobe has updated the reader to 8.1.3, it seemed like a good time to update the post.

Install Adobe Reader 8.1.3

If you want the latest version of Adobe Reader you’ll need to download it from the Adobe website directly.  They are nice enough to provide us with a package, so the installation is pretty quick and painless.  You can head directly to the download page at the link below:

Adobe Reader – All Versions

You’ll want to select “Linux” as the operating system, “Linux – x86 (.deb)” for the installer and your language.  This will then provide you with a download link, which you can go ahead and “Open With..” the “GDebi Package Installer (default)”, or save to disk and double-click for auto-installation.

note: for those looking for the English version, I have a direct download link here.

You should now be able to find Adobe Reader 8 listed under Applications > Office.  Enjoy.

15 thoughts on “Install Adobe Reader 8.1.3 on Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex”

  1. Tomas

    so there is no repository? A pity… (although a package is nice)

  2. isecore

    Why would you want to install the bloated, horrid mess that is Adobe Reader when Ubuntu comes with a perfectly good PDF-reader built-in? I don’t get it.

    “Hey, lets’ replace this perfectly good piece of software that loads quickly, doesn’t take up a lot of space and doesn’t annoy the heck out of me with useless updates with something that doesn’t load quickly, takes up lots of unnecessary space in comparison to what it does, has a somewhat scary EULA, possible security issues and lots of other annoyances! Yay!”

  3. ianp

    Real Intrepid users are 64bit so this is of no use to us. medibuntu has a 64bit version, but it only has one plug-in (search) and so is also of limited use.

  4. Casper

    “Why would you want to install the bloated, horrid mess that is Adobe Reader when Ubuntu comes with a perfectly good PDF-reader built-in? I don’t get it.”

    The adobe plugin can be embedded in browsers, something the free Ubuntu reader cannot. You might not care about this, but a fair amount of corporate intranets have content organized by webforms but delivered as PDF.

  5. FabriceV

    If you seriously have to read, copy text or image from pdf, you can not bypass adobe reader and rely on Evince. Furthermore, Evince has two much rendering problems especially with old pdf… Anyway if you just consult pdf, you still can use Evince without so much problems… In resume, Linux interest is once again mostly virtual… because you have to manage two readers. (KDE Okular is currently under the work).

  6. Lionel

    @Christer: no, medibuntu repository is up to date and have Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.3.

  7. Omar

    This works great. Just wanted to say that acrobat website does not provide for 64-bit Ubuntu. The tutorial for this site does and it works flawless.

  8. Jeff

    “Why would you want to install the bloated, horrid mess that is Adobe Reader when Ubuntu comes with a perfectly good PDF-reader built-in? I don’t get it.”

    It’s not a matter of want, but of necessity. I print shipping labels from the USPS web site, and the only way I know of to make it work is with Adobe Reader. The USPS site won’t work with a third party PDF reader. So, for some of us this information is very helpful.

  9. Ben

    SCAN forms from the web site will not open with any of the regular pre-installed pdf viewers on Ubuntu 8.10. Also the plugin for Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.10 will not open those pdf’s either. I have found the actual adobe acrobat viewer to be the only thing that will open them. For those of us who conduct business through this is an absolute essential piece of information.

    What is weird though is that it was working fine with my old version of Ubuntu 6.xx, but when I installed 8.10 it no longer opened the pdf SCAN forms from

  10. Ubuntu Fan

    The PDF viewer in Ubuntu blows and is totally unacceptable.

    * It does not respond to mouse wheel commands.
    * It has the next/previous buttons on the upper left like it is a web browser
    * It’s rendering engine is weak
    * It does not support any sort of interaction with PDF’s

    Here’s my question for linux heads: Why does that piece of crap come with Ubuntu instead of Adobe’s completely _free_ reader in the first place?

  11. Steven

    A null file loads even faster than the built-in reader, takes up even less space than the built-in reader, never needs updating even through the system update mechanism unlike the built-in reader, and comes with even fewer security risks than the built-in reader. And, incredibly enough, it has absolutely, 100% as much use for displaying quite a number of my PDFs as the built-in reader.

    That’s why I Googled for “adobe reader ibex”, found this site, and installed Adobe Reader 8.1.3.

    Now do you get it?

  12. Disgruntled

    dpkg: error processing AdobeReader_enu-8.1.3-1.i386.deb (–install):
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)

  13. Sam

    The free pdf readers are great cause they are fast and lean but sometimes you get a pdf you ahve to print that doesn’t render right in anything but the official app, and pdf forms only work in adobe reader too.

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