Adobe AIR is a technology that lets you run Internet applications on the desktop. With AIR you do not need a browser to run such desktop applications. This tutorial explains how you can install Adobe AIR 1.5.1 for Linux on an Ubuntu 9.04 desktop and how you can install AIR applications.
I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!
1 Preliminary Note
I’m using the user name falko with the home directory /home/falko here – please adjust this appropriately.
2 Installing Adobe AIR
Open Firefox and go to http://get.adobe.com/air/.
Click on the Download now link…
… and save the file to your hard disk (e.g. on the desktop):
Next, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)…
… and go to the directory where you’ve saved the Adobe AIR installer (/home/falko/Desktop in my case):
You can run
to find out how the Adobe AIR installer is named (AdobeAIRInstaller.bin):
falko@falko-desktop:~/Desktop$ ls -l
-rw-r–r– 1 falko falko 13633748 2009-06-29 15:59 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
Before we can start the installer, we must make it executable:
chmod 755 AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
Then we start the Adobe AIR installation:
The Adobe AIR installation wizard starts. Accept the Adobe AIR license:
Next type in your password
Adobe AIR is now being installed:
Click on Finish to leave the installation wizard:
Adobe AIR is now installed, so we can clean up the desktop by deleting the installer:
rm -f AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
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 aptitude install flashplugin-installer
You can find a few sample AIR applications on http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/ajax/samples.html, http://www.adobe.com/products/air/showcase/, and http://www.adobe.com/go/airmarketplace.
I will now install Spaz, an open-source Twitter client. Go to http://funkatron.com/spaz and go to Desktop > Download. Click on the Install Now link below Automated “One-step” Install:
The AIR application installer is starting up:
Click on Open…
… and then 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:
Spaz should now start automatically, but there should as well be a Spaz launcher under Applications > Spaz:
When Spaz starts for the first time, it doesn’t know your Twitter username, therefore it shows the following message. Click on Enter user/pass to go to the Spaz preferences:
Fill in your Twitter username and password:
Afterwards you can start using Twitter, e.g. send a new message to Twitter:
BTW, if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, I’d be more than happy :-). This is my Twitter profile: http://twitter.com/Kreationnextcom
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…
falko@falko-desktop:~/Desktop$ dpkg –list | grep -i spaz
ii spaz.air.16cb261d461b1ca2027f7c39946115fa2dc8cd7f.1 0.8.2 A Twitter client
… 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.
- Adobe AIR 1.5.1: http://get.adobe.com/air/
- Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/