How to install Adobe Reader 9 (Acroread) in Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn.” We shall install Adobe Reader 9 in Ubuntu 14.10 from the Canonical Partners repository for Ubuntu 12.02 (Precise), because Adobe Reader for Linux is no longer available for download from Adobe website.
Adobe has recently removed the Linux download links and support from its official download page, however the latest “AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb” package is still available in the official repository to download.
Let us see below how can we still install Adobe Reader in Linux Ubuntu 14.10 through the old Canonical Partners repository:
1. Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command below. Write or copy the command and hit enter to add the repository:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner"
Input your user password if asked.
2. Once you have added the repository, update package lists and install the Adobe Reader 9 (Acroread) package. Run the following commands (one by one) to do so:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install acroread
Once the Adobe Reader 9 (Acroread) is installed, you can open it from Unity dash or Application menu.
3 After the Adobe Reader 9 (Acroread) is properly installed, remove the Canonical Partners repository for Ubuntu 12.02 (Precise) and re-update the system:
sudo add-apt-repository -r "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner"
sudo apt-get update
4. Now it is time to Set Adobe Reader as the default PDF reader on your Ubuntu system. To do so, run the command given below in Terminal to edit the config file and set the Adobe Reader as the default PDF reader application:
sudo gedit /etc/gnome/defaults.list
Once the config file gets open, edit the file. Find out “application/pdf=evince.desktop” and change the line to “application/pdf=acroread.desktop.”
You must also add the following line into the end of the config file and save the file and exit.
Remember to save the config file and restart the nautilus. To restart the nautilus, run command “nautilus -q” (without quotes) in Terminal. This will ensure the changes are applied on to the Ubuntu system.