Installing Adobe AIR in Fedora 15 (Lovelock)

June 6, 2011

Update 15 Nov 2011

Please note that Adobe has decided not to support Adobe Air for Linux any more. The installation instructions below is no longer applicable. You could still install the last version of Adobe Air for Linux (version 2.6) from Adobe Archive. Although this version of Adobe works well with most Air apps, please note that you will not be getting any security updates. 

Please check my post Install Adobe Air on Fedora 16 for the installation instructions.

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You need to install Adobe AIR (64-bit) in order to run some Tweeter applications such as TweetDeck and Twhirl. The following is a step by step instructions to install Adobe AIR in Fedora 15 (64-bit):

Configuring Adobe Yum Repository File

  • Please note that you can skip this section if you have already done this part when installing other Adobe products such as Adobe Flash Player. Please continue if you have never configured Adobe repository file for Linux.
  • Download the rpm file yum configuration from http://get.adobe.com/air/ and select “YUM for Linux”.
  • Save the rpm file “adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm” and close your browser.
  • Use the following command, to install Adobe Flash Player:
$sudo rpm -vhi adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
$sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
  • The above command setup the Adobe repository so that you could use yum to download the latest Adobe AIR from Adobe repository.
  • To verify the setup of the repository data make sure that the file /etc/yum.repos.d/adobe-linux-i386.repo is available

Install 32-bit and 64-bit Libraries

  • Before you install Adobe AIR, you need to ensure that all the necessary libraries (32-bit and 64-bit) are properly installed in the system. The command is (single line):
$sudo yum install -y ld-linux.so.2 gtk2-devel.i686 libdbus-glib-1.so.2
libhal.so.1 rpm-devel.i686 libXt.so.6 gnome-keyring-devel.i686
libDCOP.so.4 libxml2-devel.i686 nss-devel.i686 libxslt.i686
xterm rpm-build

Installing Adobe AIR

  • After you have ensure that all the necessary libraries are downloaded and installed, you can proceed to install Adobe AIR using the command:
$sudo yum install -y adobeair

Automation

I have included a simple script for installing Adobe AIR. You can download the script here. Please read the note before running the script.

You also need to give execution permission to the script using the command

$sudo chmod +x <script name>

To run the script use the command:

$sudo ./<script name>

(Update) Additional Problem Running TweetDeck

After installing Adobe AIR, I could install Twhirl and TweetDeck on my system. However, I encountered additional problem when using Tweetdeck. It produce the following error:

Sorry, Adobe AIR has a problem running on this computer.
TweetDeck is having trouble storing your passwords securely..... etc

Following the instructions from Adobe does not help either. The solution is you need to install the following 32-bit library before running Tweetdeck:

$sudo yum install libgnome-keyring.i686

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