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Which Linux distributions work best with Quartus software?

I've bought a device that is based on the DE-0 Nano. The maker puts out new versions of the firmware to fix bugs or make improvements, so I need only install them, and hence should just need the programmer. I've downloaded it (12.1_177_programmer_linux.tar.gz), unzipped it, and tried to run the setup (not setup.sh) script. the log files are all empty, but i do get the following stack backtrace that appears to be from python code: 

 

~/Downloads/12.1_177_programmer_linux$ Traceback (most recent call last): 

File "<string>", line 24, in <module> 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 436, in importHook 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 521, in doimport 

File "/build/swbuild/SJ/nightly/12.1/177/l32/work/installers/linux32/build/pyi.linux2/altera_ 

installer_cmd/outPYZ1.pyz/cli", line 24, in <module> 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 436, in importHook 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 521, in doimport 

File "/build/swbuild/SJ/nightly/12.1/177/l32/work/installers/linux32/build/pyi.linux2/altera_ 

installer_cmd/outPYZ1.pyz/uninstaller", line 13, in <module> 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 436, in importHook 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 495, in doimport 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 297, in getmod 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/archive.py", line 468, in getmod 

File "/tools/python/2.6.4/linux32/pyinstaller/iu.py", line 109, in getmod 

ImportError: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libpng16.so.16: symbol inflateReset2 version ZLIB_1.2.3.4  

not defined in file libz.so.1 with link time reference 

Looking at forum posts and messages show various problems that people have tripped over trying to install Quartus software on Ubuntu (which is what my desktop machine runs; 18.04). 

 

Where can I look to see whether that's the current version of the programming software? Is there a Linux distribution that the installer is known to just work on, and aside from adding udev rules, which I've already done, the programming software will also just work, using current versions of libraries (e.g. libpng)? 

 

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