More Linux, I hear you cry? When are you going to get to the humorous, thoughtful, witty reviews of books? Well, I need some more Linux to get there.
Here’s how is works. I’m going to need Calibre, which is where my ebook library is stored. My calibre library is stored in my Dropbox. Actually, everything is stored in my Dropbox—my work files, my research stuff, my teaching stuff. Hence, getting my Dropbox up and running is next on the list.
Oh, and an update: it turns out that gedit (part of the standard Ubuntu installation) has nice LaTeX highlighting, which would have worked too. There is no immediate way to typeset files, so I’ll stick with TeXWorks for the time-being.
Dropbox is in the Ubuntu Software Centre, making life easier. Also nice is that the Dropbox website gives the command-line commands. (About seven thousand files sync’d later….!)
Calibre is in the USC, however “Canonical does not provide updates for Calibre”. As the packaged version is 0.8.38, and the latest stable is 0.8.66, I’ve decided to go with the manual install. Happily, there are instructions at the Calibre website. Copypasta’ing a line, and a script does its thing.
My Calibre library loaded fine, the interface looks the same as it did on Windows (that is, ugly but functional—sorry Calibre devs! It’s not really a criticism.) And the question now becomes, what next? That will be another blog post, I feel.
Update: my week with Linux-only didn’t really hold. It became too much of a hassle to take my laptop into work each day, so I went back to using my work PC with XP. However, I’ve been trying to keep the programmes that I use the same as what I use in Linux: Thunderbird, Firefox, TeXworks, some kind of JRE (though I suspect I’m using the Oracle version rather than the FOSS alternative), and that’s essentially it.