Running 32-bit apps on 64-bit Ubuntu

In order for this to run correctly, you just need the 32-bit libraries required for any 32-bit application, and instead of searching for these libraries – which is a very tiring task in my opinion – you can just download and install a program called Automatix: http://www.getautomatix.com/wiki/index.php?title=Installation which eases the task of Adding/Removing 32-bit applications to your computer such as Skype which is only available for the 32-bit Linux platform. If you do this for 1-2 programs, you’ll be having most of the 32-bit libraries you’ll gerenally need for program, I know this seems stupid, but it’s a workaround that WORKS! 😀

Another method is to force Ubuntu to accept installation of 32-bit .deb packages by downloading the .deb file and installing it from the command line by typing: “sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i anyfile.deb”, this doesn’t work with all .deb packages, but works with some such as the Windows Emulator (Wine), Enjoy! 🙂

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About SoCRaT

Research Support and Infrastructure Engineer, OSS & Linux Geek
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