Well long (though interesting) story short I had to reinstall Ubuntu (still version 8.04). I’ll give you th long story soon enough, but first here is something that might be useful.
At first I was fine with using Evince for viewing PDF files but there are just a few things that Acrobat does that I like. Overall I still prefer Evince since it is much faster at loading and not “bloated” with features that I won’t ever use. Regardless I still needed to install Acrobat.
Normally you would be able to just run
sudo apt-get install acroread, but for some reason acroread is no longer in the Ubuntu list of provided programs. So I had to do some work on Google. Sure finding Acrobat was easy but I needed to make sure that it would work on an 64bit OS. As usual, a pain in the ass.
I won’t go into all that I tried, I’ll just tell you what worked. First go to this site http://get.adobe.com/reader/ and choose the appropriate OS (Linux) and the .bin file. Apparently choosing the x86 version is fine. Assuming that it was downloaded to your desktop run
chmod u+x *.bin, where * is whatever the file is called. Then finally run
sudo ./*.bin. Make sure to add the sudo or you’ll run into some issues (I’ll let you see what kind). During the install when asked where to store the file(s) make sure to pick a location that is in your PATH. I chose /usr/bin but I suppose that any location will work.
Now you can run acroread and be on your way.