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Adobe Reader 8 Linux whoops
Dec. 06, 2006

Some Linux users may already be on their way to download Version 8 of Adobe Reader, formerly Acrobat Reader, announced today by Adobe. Stop that download... there's just one "small" problem!

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While the press release, and some news sources, say that the latest version of Reader supports Linux, their writers didn't check the download. If you go to the Reader download site, what you'll actually download is... Reader 7.08.

That was unexpected.

I called Adobe, and the official word is that a major typo made it through their public relations system. The truth of the matter is that Reader 8 isn't available for Linux, or HP/UX, or AIX, or Solaris and SPARC yet.

Instead, if you use Linux or any the Unixes, you're going to need to wait until at least the first quarter of 2007 for Version 8 to arrive. You can, however, run the latest on Windows or on Macs as a Universal Binary application, so it will run natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

-- Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

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