View Full Version : Gentoo Handbook (and news feed) in Plucker format

04-28-2005, 12:52 AM
I've taken some time tonight to convert the Gentoo Handbook ( to Plucker ( format. I'll be auto-generating these on a monthly basis for download and use by anyone who chooses to use them on their Palm ( handheld device.

For those who don't know what Plucker ( is, it is an offline Web and e-book viewer for Palm ( handheld devices and PDAs. You can convert text files, web pages, and other types of documents to a format suitable for viewing on a Palm handheld device. Plucker is the only Palm "reader" format out there that is 100% Free Software, openly-documented (*checkout*/docs/DBFormat.html), and supports such rich features as anti-alias fonts (, images (color, b&w, pan and zoom), colored text, styles, and much more. No other viewer even comes close in features (

Plucker supports Linux, Win32, OSX, and other platforms through various "distiller" components. There are GUI desktop applications for configuring and converting Plucker content as well as commandline tools written in Python, Perl, Java C++ and other languages.

If you can't get Plucker working on your desktop, there's even an email-only interface to Plucker called "pler" (written in Perl, see the pun?). Plucker runs on PalmOS handhelds as well as PocketPC handhelds (using the Vade Mecum ( Plucker viewer). It also runs on Linux-based handhelds with the GPE-Plucker ( viewer.

I've also done dozens of other conversions ( for other projects, books and works. Feel free to give me some feedback on my progress and some ideas you might have to help me improve the quality or quantity of these works.

If you're interested in the Plucker'ized Gentoo Handbook (and the Gentoo RSS news feed), please feel free to visit the Gentoo Plucker ( page where I've put up some of the conversions so far. I don't use Gentoo myself (I'm primarily a Debian ( and FreeBSD ( guy), but I thought these would be worthwhile contributions to the cause.

(Also posted ( to the Gentoo forums (

Thanks everyone!

04-28-2005, 01:06 AM
For Qtopia (another variant of Linux handhelds), there's QT/Opie Reader (

Alexander Turcic
04-28-2005, 05:41 AM
David, you really have some talent there. I like your custom Plucker e-book just as much as your xhtml strict web design ;)

Bob Russell
04-28-2005, 06:22 AM
And Gentoo is getting better soon... I just read that gentoo is coming out with a graphical installer. (