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how to install acrobat reader in centos

thejaka samarakoon
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Joined: Jul 20, 2010
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I m pretty new to linux.Iwant to know how to install acrobet reader in centos?
Stefan Wagner
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Is CentOS Debian-based? Then:

Maybe the real real name differs a bit - find out with apt-cache search:

For rpm-based distributions: ask someone else.

Else: get a -zip - download from the webpage.
move it to a new subdir in your home.
extract it, and follow instructions of readme-file.
Tim Holloway
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CentOS is not Debian-based. It's the "free" version of the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux distro. The difference between it and RHEL is that Red Hat logos &Co. have been replaced (per request of Red Hat's legal department) and that it doesn't require payment of a mandatory fee before use. It's a good distro to use if you want RHEL but can't justify the cost of paying for full-blown RHEL support.

So you wouldn't use apt-get to fetch and install packages, you'd use yum.

However, I believe that the actual Adobe Reader - the term "Acrobat" has been spun off in a totally unrelated direction now - is available as a downloadable RPM from As far as I know, it's not on any of the public repositories, since it's not an open-source program.

There are several open-source programs that can allow you to read PDF documents, some more polished than others. One that often comes pre-installed is "xpdf".

An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
Stefan Wagner
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Yes, xpdf is amazingly fast. It doesn't support forms and embedded flash, but starts immediately, I use it all the time.
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