Install ActivInspire Smart Board Software on Debian 10

From one of my customers, I received the request to figure out an installation pathway for ActivInspire, the Promethean smart board software suite. ActivInspire is offered as DEB builds for Ubuntu 18.04. On a Debian 10 (aka buster) system the installation requires some hack-around (utilizing packages from Debian jessie LTS).

Here is the quick-n-dirty recipe:

APT Key for "Promethean Ltd <>"

The APT key you need for downloading packages from Promethean's package archive can be obtained like this:

$ gpg --search-keys 0x300035F2484C6FED
$ gpg --export -a 0x300035F2484C6FED | sudo apt-key add -

Afterwards, you should find the key added to APT's GnuPG keyring. Verify that:

$ sudo apt-key adv --fingerprint D3CDA26CC37F568DD4A8DE68300035F2484C6FED
Executing: /tmp/user/0/apt-key-gpghome.HMo8gCMGUG/ --fingerprint D3CDA26CC37F568DD4A8DE68300035F2484C6FED
pub   rsa4096 2017-03-02 [SC]
      D3CD A26C C37F 568D D4A8  DE68 3000 35F2 484C 6FED
uid        [ unbekannt ] PrometheanLtd <>
sub   rsa4096 2017-03-02 [E]

Tweak APT's Installation Sources

Next, add the below lines to a new file called /etc/apt/sources.list.d/promethean.list. The software will require to grab some packages (e.g. libssl1.0.0) from Debian jessie:

deb jessie main non-free contrib
deb jessie/updates main contrib non-free
deb bionic non-oss oss

Note that security support for Debian jessie LTS will end on 23rd June 2020. Until then, you should be safe with package dependencies from Debian jessie LTS, after that you are on your own. (One might try to grab libssl1.0.0 from Ubuntu 18.04, which should receive security support until April 2023).

Install ActivDriver and ActivTools

Now you can install the ActivInspire smart board sofware:

$ sudo apt install activdriver activtools

Optional: Disable jessie Package Source again

If you are scared of more packages pouring in from Debian jessie LTS, you can safely comment out the lines in /etc/apt/sources.lists.d/promethean.list again now that the smart board software has been installed. (You will not get security updates then anymore for packages that activdriver and activtools pulled in from Debian jessie LTS, though).


That things worked out here does not mean that they will work for you. Neither is this an official Promethean post / documentation. Don't ping me for support on this, unless you are ready to book me for commercial support.

Have fun!
Mike Gabriel (aka sunweaver at