Installing Adobe AIR 1.1 For Linux Beta On Ubuntu 8.04

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 09/26/2008

Adobe AIR is a technology that lets you run Internet applications on the desktop. With AIR you do not need a browser to run such desktop applications. This tutorial explains how you can install Adobe AIR 1.1 for Linux beta on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop and how you can install AIR applications.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

I'm using the user name falko with the home directory /home/falko here - please adjust this appropriately.

 

2 Installing Adobe AIR

Open Firefox and go to http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/air_linux.html.

Click on the Download Adobe AIR for Linux beta link...

... and save the file to your hard disk (e.g. on the desktop):

Next, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)...

... and go to the directory where you've saved the Adobe AIR installer (/home/falko/Desktop in my case):

cd /home/falko/Desktop

You can run

ls -l

to find out how the Adobe AIR installer is named (adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin in my case).

Before we can start the installer, we must make it executable:

chmod 755 adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin

Then we start the Adobe AIR installation:

./adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin

The Adobe AIR installation wizard starts. Accept the Adobe AIR license:

Next type in your password:

Adobe AIR is now being installed:

Click on Finish to leave the installation wizard:

Adobe AIR is now installed, so we can clean up the desktop by deleting the installer:

rm -f adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin

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From: Anonymous at: 2008-10-03 04:53:20

cd ~/Desktop

 The above is universal and removes the need for your Preliminary Note.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-10-06 12:16:48

If I don't wan't to keep AIR installed... How do I uninstall? Is it easy?

From: Anonymous at: 2008-10-09 14:16:23

Yes, it is easy (applications - accessories - adobe air uninstaller).

From: Darphas at: 2008-10-26 03:24:17

i do all the steps and when i try to execute the software to appears the lisence agrement..

appears the following error...

No protocol specified:


root@darphas-desktop:/home/darphas/Desktop# ./adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin
(/tmp/air.LQ2KVf/setup:9034): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:
root@darphas-desktop:/home/darphas/Desktop#

so if you can help me please tell me who to solve it. :s please

 

From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-11 23:57:10

Listing terminal commands can be useful when things are complicated, but if you're already taking the time to do screenshots, why not give full graphical instructions?

EG, after download the steps would be:

Right-click on the file to get to properties, on the permissions tab, click to allow execution

Double click, select to run the app

When done, right-click the file, select "move to trash"

From: syed at: 2008-12-23 06:06:38

Its better to try out the released version of Adobe AIR on linux (available at http://adobe.com/go/air). It is more stable and has same functionality as Adobe AIR on win/mac 1.5. Now you can develop just a single AIR application and it will work on win/mac/linux without changes!

-syed

From: Telic at: 2008-12-26 22:18:48

Some assert that Linux's CLI is required to install Adobe AIR. Wrong!

Using (GNOME's) Nautilus file manager GUI, right-click on the Adobe BIN file and check under the Properties' Permissions tab, to allow executing the file as a program. Next, right-click and Rename the file to remove its .bin extension, so the file name is just AdobeAIRInstaller. Finally, double-click the file to run the Adobe installer, which pops open a new window, requests your authorization (password), and prompts you through the install. That's it.

You'll then find AIR maintenance items in the Ubuntu "Accessories" menu (or in the "Tools" menu of Mandriva Linux 2009). The .air file extension is associated with Adobe's run-time. An AIR application can be removed via the distro RPM or DEB package manager GUI, or by double-clicking its original .air installation file.

:-)

From: Jake at: 2008-10-02 20:08:39

A good application to use with AIR for Twitter and FriendFeed (mostly the latter for me) is Twhirl. I have been using it since the first alpha of Air was released for Linux and have not have any problems with it. I can't say that for any other Air app I've tried (I've only tried a few others though).

From: outlaw2j at: 2008-11-09 17:14:14

Great article, Thanks for taking the time to let everyone know!