Installing Adobe AIR 1.1 For Linux Beta On Ubuntu 8.04 - Page 2

3 Installing An AIR Application

Before you install an AIR application, you should make sure that you have Adobe Flash installed as lots of AIR applications (not all) require Flash.

If Flash is not installed, you can install it like this:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

You can find a few sample AIR applications on and

I will now install Spaz, an open-source Twitter client. Go to and scroll down to the Download > Manual Install section. Click on the Download Spaz link. AIR applications have the file extension .air, so in the Firefox download dialogue you should see the option Open with Adobe AIR Application Installer (default). Choose that one.

The AIR application installer is starting up:

Click on Install to start the Spaz installation:

If necessary you can change a few settings. Click on Continue:

Spaz is now being installed. After the installation has finished, the AIR application installer will close automatically:

You should now find a Spaz icon on your desktop. When Spaz starts for the first time, it doesn't know your Twitter username, therefore it shows the following message. Click on OK to go to the Spaz preferences:

Fill in your Twitter username and password and click on Save Preferences:

Afterwards you can start using Twitter, e.g. send a new message to Twitter:

If all goes well, the new message appears at the top of the list:

BTW, if you'd like to follow me on Twitter, I'd be more than happy :-). This is my Twitter profile:


4 Uninstalling An AIR Application

If you want to uninstall an AIR application, open a terminal again (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).

In this example I will show how to uninstall Spaz.

To find out the correct name of the Spaz package, run

dpkg --list | grep -i spaz

The output should look as follows...

[email protected]:~/Desktop$ dpkg --list | grep -i spaz
ii  spaz.air.16cb261d461b1ca2027f7c39946115fa2dc8cd7f.1                                  A Twitter client
[email protected]:~/Desktop$

... which means the full name of the Spaz package is spaz.air.16cb261d461b1ca2027f7c39946115fa2dc8cd7f.1. To uninstall it, we run

sudo dpkg -r 'spaz.air.16cb261d461b1ca2027f7c39946115fa2dc8cd7f.1'

That's it, Spaz has been removed from your system.


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By: Jake

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).

By: outlaw2j

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