PDF acrobat reader for Ubuntu?

James Gray james at gray.net.au
Sun Nov 9 04:26:08 UTC 2008

On 09/11/2008, at 3:06 PM, Mark wrote:

> Hi everyone:
> I am running Ubuntu 8.04 on a dell inspiron laptop and was wondering  
> if there is a pdf view or reader available for Ubuntu? Thank you.
> Mark

Hi Mark,

Adobe make a native version of Acrobat Reader for Linux which is  
bundled up as "acroread" but I believe you need to add the  
"mediaubuntu" repositories for it under 8.04.  This isn't entirely a  
bad thing, as you get more up-to-date multi-media stuff and non-free  
codecs all neatly bundled ready to go too.  If you want the Adobe  
Acrobat Reader do this:

1. Edit your repositories (as root) and add the following line:
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ hardy free non-free

2. Refresh your package listing (fetch updates or whatever they call  
it in the GUI thing)
3. Install "acroread".

HOWEVER, given that Acrobat Reader is bloated, memory hog that  
performs like a snail stuck in molasses, you may want to try some  
alternatives which are free (as in beer and speech):
- kpdf (for KDE)
- epdfview (never tried it)
- xpdf (basic, but it works and is light-weight)

There are other people that I'm sure can offer other alternatives.   
Personally, I like kpdf because I'm a KDE whore...when I'm not on my  
Mac :P

Have fun!

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