How to install Acrobat Reader on Linux

Q I've just installed Mandrake 10.1 CE and have also just downloaded Adobe Reader for Linux from the Adobe website for a bit of practice at installing something (I'm a newbie). I opened a terminal window and logged in as root (using su) and unzipped the file, etc. I then ran the install file (./INSTALL), and selected the default installation directory (/usr/local/Acrobat5). The installer began to copy the files but I was then hit with the following error:

Installing platform dependent files ... Done
./INSTALL: line 219: ed: command not found
ERROR installing /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread

I have repeated the procedure a number of times, and have downloaded the software from the Adobe site on several occasions. Can you shed some light on this one? Thanks.

A It looks like you're missing the 'ed' utility, which will be available on the installation media or via the FTP services provided by Mandrake. Of course, one could also use 'xpdf' or OpenOffice.org to view PDFs without having to resort to Acrobat.

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