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Installing Adobe Reader on Debian

To install Adobe Reader [1] to read some PDF files on a Debian system, only check or add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list [2]:

deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sarge main
Then, execute the following commands:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread

You're done! If your browser is based on Mozilla, it will be able to show the PDF in his own window, without opening a full Acrobat Reader window. If this is not what you'd expect, don't install mozilla-acroread.


Important Note: Adobe Reader is not free and we advise reading the user licence agreement on Adobe's website. Free softwares to read PDF exist and include the following: evince, xpdf, gv, gpdf, kpdf, …

For your information, Adobe Reader 7.0 takes up more or less 100 MB of disk space on GNU/Linux, while Evince only takes less than 2 MB (mostly because the last uses libraries already present on the system). Without even considering that it starts 3 times slower and is not prelinkable…

[1] previously called Adobe Acrobat Reader

[2] to adapt to your Debian version, here current Sarge or Sid

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