Can’t run Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu after installation?

Problem Solved!

Ubuntu is one of the popular platforms for running Linux, but Linux as always, if you are not well versed with computing, follows complications.
Autodesk Maya is a 3D animation and modelling software which most artists use today in industries for educational purposes as well as freelancing (and amateurs).

In this post, I won’t be covering installation of Maya, but will talk about running it after you install the program.

When you run the program by either hitting the icon or manually by typing sudo maya, you will be asked to activate the product before running it first. In this case, you would normally activate it directly only to find yourself in a state of confusion when you learn that Maya cannot be activated even after entering the correct product and serial keys.
This situation affects more when the trial period for the software has run out.

But thanks to Google and it’s research allowing the end users to exploit this specific vulnerability of servers: POODLE

For Autodesk products, this hotfix can be downloaded from the following webpage:

Autodesk Licensing Hotfix – POODLE SSL v3 vulnerability (CVE-2014-3566)

Download the appropriate version. It will be downloaded in a compressed folder.
Extract the program file to a specific folder.
(Note: Program file would be named or installer
When this has been done, close all Autodesk products.

Open the terminal by holding Ctrl and Alt, then hitting t (Ctrl+Alt+t)
A new terminal (command) window appears.
Go to the directory/folder (in the terminal) where the hotfix has been extracted to.
For example, if the hotfix has been extracted to documents, type in the following command:

cd /home/USERNAME/Documents
Note: Replace USERNAME with the username of your current Ubuntu session.

Once you get there, type the following commands:

chmod u+x
Hit Enter.
sudo ./

After the program has been installed successfully, go to the folder (in the terminal) where the maya executable file has been copied to during the main installation of Autodesk Maya.
If you have followed the method  that I used to install Autodesk Maya, you will find another location where the software can be run from:

cd /usr/local/bin

After you have changed your directory on the terminal, run Maya by typing in the following:

sudo maya

Autodesk Maya should be up and run fine by now.


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