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Apr 6, 2008:

Adobe Technologies released the Linux version of Adobe AIR some weeks ago which brings web applications and widgets to your desktop. Installing new applications on a Linux distribution is always a mystery for newbies so here is a guide that teaches you how to install Adobe AIR on Ubuntu.

  1. Open the Terminal
  2. Download the file from here using the wget command:
    http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/1.5/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
  5. Run this command:
    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  6. Now run this command:
    sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

The normal installer will open, install it. From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

Also take a look at 10 Most Useful Adobe AIR applications reviewed by Sizlopedia.

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Julius April 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for the tutorial, worked like charm.

Just one thing at step 6 “sudo ./ adobeair_etc” should be “sudo ./adobeair_etc” just remove the extra space otherwise if you copy and paste it is not gonna work

Thanks

Julius

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Dj Flush April 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Thanks for mentioning that out. I fixed it :)

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emsquared April 17, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Big thanks here too. Helped me get Spaz and twhirl running on Ubuntu.

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makri April 24, 2008 at 8:08 am

Thanks for this note. Got me started real quick on AIR

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Ronald April 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

I followed the steps above (AMD64, Ubuntu 8.04) and get after the agreement for the license:

Sorry, an error has occurred
An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator.

There is nothing in the log file. What am I going to do next?

bye

R.

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Dj Flush May 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Try logging in to Ubuntu as root user and then perform try installing Adobe AIR. Though I am not sure if it will work or not.

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Jason Young May 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Thanks for this writeup–It made it incredibly easy to install. The first few guides I found were so outdated that they recommended installing it under WINE >_>

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Curtis Cross May 3, 2008 at 5:37 am

Having same problem as Ronald. Same Distro and on a turion64 HP DV2000 laptop. Have installed successfully on a Shuttle PC with AMD Sempro processor. Not sure if I have to completely hose this install and reinstall from scratch… I’ve had sound issues as well. Can’t record correctly from a USb mic. But as they say…that is another problem altogether. Did you have any luck Ronald?

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syed January 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

The installation on 64-bit linux machines is a little different and requires some 32-bit libraries present on machine. Read this page for more details: http://bit.ly/4pAk

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Manuel Silva Vega May 20, 2008 at 12:02 am

Thx, very very mucho!

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Rich May 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I had to close Firefox-2 before the AIR install would work; before that I got the “Installation may not be allowed” error as above.

Hope this helps!

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ThisGuyDoug June 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Rich for the tip. I was getting the same error as Ronald. Once I closed Flock/Firefox, the install went smoothly and completed successfully.

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Someone July 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Big thanks.

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Michael August 11, 2008 at 6:38 pm
ninay August 21, 2008 at 12:52 am

I am using Vista and I get the error message:

An error occurred while installing Adobe AIR. Installation may not be allowed by your administrator. Please contact your administrator.

Can these steps help me get thru? Thanks!

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Phil August 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I’m new to Linus so I must be ding something wrong.

When I run “chmod +x adobeair_linux_a1_033108.bin”

It tells me “No such file or directory”

I know its there, I can see it on the desktop.

Phil

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Amanda September 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Well, your desktop is a folder. So if you're not in the folder “Desktop” you probably want to run “chmod +x Desktop/adobeair…”

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giania August 25, 2008 at 10:04 am

I was having some challenges, getting that “sorry, an error has occured” message mid-install. I closed Opera and retried the install and it worked fine! Anyone having that error should definitely try shutting down their browser first.

(May want to throw a note at the bottom of the original post with the “shut down browser before finishing install” note.)

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Simone August 25, 2008 at 7:33 pm

@Ronald : As usual you can’t get it on a 64bit system.

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Phil August 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Ok, I got it in but now what?

Or do I have to install more from the other Air apps?

Thanks and my Linux IM buds thank you too.

Phil

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algarcia September 2, 2008 at 8:30 am

thanks a lot in the name of all us ubuntu newbies!

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Quiz_Master September 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Nice…
Adobe Air up and working in Ubuntu 8.04. Its a hell lotta glitchy though!

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amer October 17, 2008 at 12:27 am

thanks :D this is very helpful for noob like me.

If u hv any problem just make sure the chmod is done in the right folder.

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khaled October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm
Thomas Raukamp December 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for this tutorial. Installation worked great with adobeair_linux_a1_033108.bin, but failed with the latest bin. A window pops up to tell me the installation failed and I had to ask my administrator about that. Straaaange …

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Thomas Raukamp December 19, 2008 at 1:13 am

Figured out what it was, Before you install a new version of Adobe AIR on Ubuntu, you must uninstall the old version. Otherwise you’ll get the error message above.

And btw Air is not beta anymore, here’s the official 1.5 version:

http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/1.5/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

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syed January 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm

the download link should be modified to point to latest released version of AIR 1.5 on linux (http://get.adobe.com/air)

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Saad Hamid January 11, 2009 at 3:55 am

Link modified. Thanks for reporting.

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sebin January 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I tried to install AIR using the commands you have shared. But I got an error message reading

“Sorry, an error has occurred.”

Adobe AIR could not be installed because another application is already being installed. Complete the first installation before proceeding with this one.”

Now what might be the reason and what should I do?

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Ronhead January 21, 2009 at 4:14 am

Excelent!
thats works

thanks

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Priyanka D January 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Thanks a ton!

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Ed Grant January 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I’ve found an easier way to install Adobe Air on Ubuntu (I’m using Ubuntu 8.04 – The Hardy Heron).

All I did was to visit the Adobe Air Marketplace [http://tinyurl.com/2ydjqx] and requested to install one of the apps there. When you do this, you’ll be told that Adobe Air is not installed on your machine and then be given a chance to install it.

There’s no need to use the Ubuntu Terminal this way.

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Tim January 31, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I also got the infamous “Could not be installed because an another application is already being installed error”.

For some reason, this error disappeared when I stopped the synaptic package manager (Which I had open to install some other toys..)
(This on Ubuntu 8.10)

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Doug Winter February 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm

If you get the unhelpful error message, try:

sudo aptitude remove adobeair-enu

Worked for me.

Cheers, Doug.

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Dror February 3, 2009 at 6:22 am

I also was getting and error when trying to upgrade from a previous version.

Finally figured out that Air installs a package. Removing the old package with

apt-get remove adobeair1.0

solved the problem.

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Cibees February 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Thanks a million for the instructions and for the added method in the comments section. It was what I needed to install it. :)

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Saad Hamid February 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Glad to help always.

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jessy March 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm

removing the adobeair-enu package worked for me as well on 8.04 (without even closing firefox). i was having trouble before and couldnt figure out why. thanks so much!

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Roberto April 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Thanks!

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Internet Strategist April 3, 2009 at 7:26 am

Thanks for the tips. Just a few questions remain:

1. How do we “open the terminal”?
2. How do we use a wget command?

I’m assuming if I knew the answers to those two questions I would know how to run the other commands. This is why so many still use Windows. Why don’t programs used on Unix systems have auto-installers?

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William May 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm

To open the terminal, under Ubuntu you go to the main menu, pick “Accessories” and pick “Terminal”. To download something with wget, type “wget” and a space and then paste in the link.

Most programs used under Unix do have auto-installers. See all the software mentioned in your package manager (on Ubuntu, it’s “synaptic”) to see what I mean.

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Otto May 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Thanks for the info. So, root access required to install AIR AND root access required to install AIR applications? Sigh. Adobe’s clueless.

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Luuk June 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Thanks!

(the Express Installer most sites use doesnt work for me.. )

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João Pedro Pereira June 12, 2009 at 3:20 am

I’ve done like you said and it worked great for me ;) .

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Mac June 14, 2009 at 5:56 am

Thanks a lot, worked like a charm!

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Dr_Willis June 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm

How Do you totally remove this Adobe air? Or better yet. How does one install this for just a single user? (I am a bit untrusting of things from adobe)

I also noticed the binary for the Adobe Air programs are of the nameing.
scheme

“/usr/bin/Adobe AIR Application Installer” Egads.. thats just Strikes me as such a potential for problems. :)

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vijay June 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

wooow . it’s working on linux os . is it possiable to Mac os

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Leke July 12, 2009 at 1:52 am

You need to navigate to the same directory the .bin is located

Perhaps…

cd /home/your_home_name/Desktop

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Leke July 12, 2009 at 2:01 am

Hi, Linux didn’t automatically associate .air with the installer.
Do this…

Right click on the .air file
Choose > Open with other application
Slect > Use a custom command
Navigate the filesystem > /usr/bin/Adobe AIR installer
Click > Open

The icon should change and you can now install AIR apps

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Name July 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

thank you seems to have worked brilliantly :)

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Name July 14, 2009 at 7:35 pm

thank you seems to have worked brilliantly :)

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Waisybabu July 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Works like a charm! :D

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NewJerseyTico July 30, 2009 at 6:06 am

wow…thanks!!!!

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Tim Brazer August 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Thanks for the quick tutorial. When I downloaded Adobe Air I had a .bin file and had no idea what to do with it. I Googled for some help and this was the first result. :)

Thanks!

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staylor29a11 August 10, 2009 at 12:40 am

thank ^u^ ^_^

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gregrickaby August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Perfect! Works like a charm on Ubuntu 9.04 x64. Thank you!

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Nader August 14, 2009 at 1:58 am

Thx alot man ur the best :D

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Simon August 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

If you can not do the simple “sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin” thing, try the following:

$ chmod 777 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
$ ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Worked for me, and remember to close your browser first. :)

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Simon August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm

If you can not do the simple “sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin” thing, try the following:

$ chmod 777 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
$ ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Worked for me, and remember to close your browser first. :)

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Isaias Arredondo August 29, 2009 at 4:00 am

Hi Thanks for the information!!

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Amanda September 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Sigh. I'm still getting the stinking “An error occurred while installing” message.

Then my package manager tells me there's a broken installation and asks me to remove Adobe Air.

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Shawn S September 20, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I worked perfectly. Thanks.

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oldnormanbates October 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I can't get adobe air to install on a redo of my eeebuntu 3.0, (Ubuntu 9.04),Asus 1000HE Netbook , Atom uP. Always worked before, now says not enoughj permissions-Tweedeck jonesing Im Root- Anybody DM oldnormanbates

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Waisybabu | artsyHANDS November 1, 2009 at 9:24 am

I'm having issues installing it on Ubuntu 9.10… but heh, who cares, right?

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Gojeg November 2, 2009 at 5:30 am

Hmm..I'm now using Ubuntu.. :P Thanks for your tips.

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Gilberth December 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm

It's what I was looking for. Thanks a lot.

Have a nice day

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Michael December 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm

For anybody who may still be wondering, I have been able to install AIR on 64-bit Linux. I am using opensuse 11.2, so the following package names may not quite correspond with your distro. I had to install the following files:

libasound2-32bit, libgcc44-32bit, libncurses5-32bit, libstdc++33-32bit, libstdc++44-32bit, libxml2-32bit, mozilla-nss-32bit, mozilla-nspr-32bit, gtk2-devel, gnome-keyring-32bit, libxml2-devel-32bit, libxml2-devel, libxslt-32bit, rpm-32bit, rpm-devel

This made the installation work perfectly. I hope this helps someone out.

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thienhaflash December 17, 2009 at 7:48 am

thanks. It works great !!!

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wlg December 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I get : Step 5 – Operation not permitted

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Michael December 28, 2009 at 4:13 pm

It sounds like a permissions problem. Did you save the installer to your $HOME direcotry? Go to the folder where you saved the installer in the terminal, and type 'ls -l' this will show all of the permissions for the files/folders. Make sure that the installer file is owned by your user (Look for something like 'john users'. If it says something like 'root root', then it is owned by the root.) If it is owned by root you will need to chown it to your user.

If you do not know how to chown a file, then it may be simpler to run steps 5 and 6 as root (Do Not Get Used To This). Try typing 'su' and then entering your root password. Once you are root, run steps 5 and 6. If this is successful, be sure to type 'exit' to get out of superuser mode, and then go read about chown.

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Connor January 3, 2010 at 6:23 am

Thanks a million, worked like a charm!

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Joe January 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This works, but one problem I did have (Kubuntu 9.04 install) was that KDE would not start after a reboot. Problem seemed to be that I didn't have permission to write to .ICE???? (forget the rest of the name, but is started with “.ICE”). Had to drop into a command line session and chown the file to my self followed by chmod 660.

Then I was able to boot into KDE. Wondering if there isn't something more I should know?

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bryanne February 3, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thank you. Being new to Linux this was scary, but with your help it is installed! By the way I am running ubuntu 9.10.

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Nick February 14, 2010 at 12:53 am

Thanks so much! It is installed. I needed this to install Pandora One Player. Thanks!

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Nick February 14, 2010 at 5:53 am

Thanks so much! It is installed. I needed this to install Pandora One Player. Thanks!

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jishnu February 26, 2010 at 1:53 am

thank you, its worked!

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VikingP March 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

thank duder' (dudette)

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3zzat March 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm

thanx
it worked

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3zzat March 27, 2010 at 3:53 am

thanx
it worked

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Ghorab April 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

thank you, now i have to install Adobe Air on Ubuntu :D

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lloyd May 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Perfect! Many thanks, I can now watch the live football in Ubuntu :-D

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cherif May 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

thank you more

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vishaltelangre May 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Hey brother there, I got “Bus error” while processing this on my Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid lynx LTS…!!

Check the procedure I had done here:


vishal@vishal:~$ cd /home/vishal/Downloads
vishal@vishal:~/Downloads$ ls
AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
GDM-BlueSwirl.tar.bz2
install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
tmp
ubuntuone-client-1.2.1.tar.gz
ubuntuone-installation-details
virtualbox-3.2_3.2.0-61806~Ubuntu~lucid_i386.deb
vishal@vishal:~/Downloads$ chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
vishal@vishal:~/Downloads$ sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
[sudo] password for vishal:
Bus error

What will be solution for this? Tell me if there is any other package in debian or canonical distro there… So that I'll easily install and configure it with aptitude!

Thanks in advance!

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Osama Yousef June 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

thank you it worked

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derroman June 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

this also works for ubuntu 10.04 64-Bit Version!!! Awesome! and automatic update to 2.0!

thanks!

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Narcarsiss July 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

Worked Well thankyou.
i didnot even have to chroot the file just sudo ./file

Thanks again for link to adobe air

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G_uinit August 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm

thank you very very much man thanks , every body makes it so hard to install this , but is just so easy

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that guy October 12, 2010 at 3:20 am

You don’t need to enter sudo. In fact, you shouldn’t.

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Sirchrisgr November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Great

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hypo January 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks for the help, I sometimes wqonder why Linux installs are so much harder than their Windows and OS X brethren.

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maas1 February 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for the tutorial, worked like charm.

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Trésor Kandolo Tshishi April 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thanks a lot dude !

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Shemcphe November 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

Oh Thank God!

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Human1990 January 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Thank you!

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