I was thinking the need for getlibs was only if you wanted spell check, which I don’t care about. Turned out to be a library dependency issue. I installed getlibs and then re-installed Scrivener and it works
Kubuntu 12.04 seems to be a problem child. I haven’t been able to get it to work on it, but it does run in Ubuntu just fine. It seems to be linked to the way the libraries are loaded, or something. That’s about as far as my knowledge will take me, though.
I’m using Xubuntu 12. 04 LTS and I tried to upgrade from an older scrivener beta but it didn’t work. I uninstalled and reinstalled and it worked fine. Try downloading the .deb package again from the link above (It’s the second of two announcements) and installing it through the Ubuntu software center.
Actually, I’ve been unable (repeated attempts) to get Scrivener to run on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. I’m relatively new to linux but no stranger to computers in general and I can’t make heads or tails of it. Using the command line to install it doesn’t work, and neither does downloading and installing the 32-bit libraries. Pretty frustrating.