Officially SAS does not support Ubuntu Linux as a platform, in spite of it being the most popular desktop distribution. It will run, but there are two things you need to do:
First, reconfigure Ubuntu not to use dash. The SAS Deployment Wizard will freeze when you first click "Next" during the install if you don't do this.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash
That being done, you should be able to install SAS Foundation.
Second, SAS requires libjpeg to run. When you first run
sas, you'll get this error:
ERROR: BRIDGE FAILURE - ERROR LOADING IMAGE MODULE: sasmotifsasvsub HyS SUBSYSTEM: 8 SLOT: 11
ERROR: Could not load /usr/local/SASHome/SASFoundation/9.4/sasexe/sasmotif (35 images loaded) ERROR: libjpeg.so.62: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ERROR: BRIDGE FAILURE - ERROR LOADING IMAGE MODULE: sasmotifsasvsub HyS SUBSYSTEM: 8 SLOT: 11
Install this by running this command:
sudo apt-get install libjpeg62
SAS should now run.
Additionally, while not common, but if you have SAS/Secure installed and want to pull files via https, you'll need to point it at SSL CA certificates. You can kick off SAS with
Or just create a file
~/sasv9.cfg with that in it.
Update: This works on 13.10 and 14.04