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14 Adobe Reader

To download Adobe Reader, go to and select the following:

Operating system: Unix/Linux
Version: Linux (.rpm)
Your language

Then click on Continue:

Then click on the Download Adobe Reader button and install the package exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 11:

Afterwards, you will find Adobe Reader in Applications > Office (I ended up with two Adobe Reader icons, I'm not sure why, but it doesn't hurt, so I don't change it):

When you click on one of them, most probably Adobe Reader won't start. Also, when you open a terminal and run


you will most likely get a loop of

expr: syntax error


This can be fixed with a small modification in the file /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin/acroread. To edit it, we must have root privileges, so open a terminal and become root:


Then run

gedit /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin/acroread

A text editor will start with the contents of /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin/acroread. Find the get_gtk_file_ver() function in that file and replace

echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'


echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]*\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'

(or comment out the first line and add the second one). After your modification, the get_gtk_file_ver() function should look like this:

           if [ -f "$1" ]; then
            if [ -h "$1" ]; then
                    ifile=`readlink $1`
                    if [ $? -eq 1 ]; then
                                   return 1

                   mfile=`basename $ifile`
            echo $mfile | grep -q "libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]*\).\([0-9]*\)" 2>/dev/null

                   if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
           return 1

                   #echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
                   echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]*\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
        return 0

    return 1

Save the file and close the text editor. Afterwards Adobe Reader should start without problems:


15 Skype

To download Skype, go to, choose RPM for Mandriva 10.1 and newer, and install it exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 11:


16 Google Picasa

Open Firefox, download the file, and install it exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 11.


17 Inventory (III)

Browse the Applications menu again and check what you've got installed so far.

Your list should look like this now:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[x] Azureus
[x] Gaim
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[x] True Type fonts
[x] Java

So everything is installed except for VMware Server...

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