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Old 01-21-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Has anyone used a kindle with Linux? I have recently converted my main computer from Windows 7 to Linux Ubuntu and let me tell you this OS is a lot faster than Windows, however that is a topic for a linux forum. Do Kindles work with Linux, or will I need to go get one of my Windows computers to work with my kindle?
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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Are you referring to connecting with a PW?

I run Ubuntu 12.04 and have had no problems with the Kindle Touch. Though I don't really know what you mean when you ask whether it "works" with Linux, as there isn't much that they do with each other. Linux just recognizes it as a USB client.

When plugged in, I can browse my KT directory. I can run the Calibre ebook manager/converter with it too, and use the 'send to ereader' option in the program.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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No I am not however your second paragraph is the infromation that I have been looking for.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:13 PM   #4
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Works fine with the Kindle Keyboard using Debian Squeeze (Linux distribution that Ubuntu is based on). I just mount it and it recognises it as a removable storage device. Depending on the desktop you're using, it should just pop-up an icon on the desktop when connected and you'll be able to mount or eject from that (I use the console myself for such things, so forgive me if I'm not precise with the desktop way of doing these things).
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:28 AM   #6
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I have an old laptop running XP and Suse linux. Both work fine. Later, if you decide to hack your kindle a bit, SSHing into the kindle is easier from linux, as there are no pesky "Windows" line endings when you edit things. Either way, linux is fun and easy to use and compliments the linux running on you kindle very well, don't you think?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #7
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I note that everything ever called a Kindle (e-reader, Fire, you name it) has always run Linux itself, and the developers at Amazon (lab126) use Linux -- so it is relatively unlikely that Linux support will ever go away.
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Works fine as usb mass storage device though I simply use it with Calibre. I have not come across any issues.
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Kindle is designed to run regardless of your OS. Actually I don't connect it to the PC unless doing tasks like debrick or jailbreak (which you should not need to do often or even at all )
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Works fine with Linux. I do note that Slackware had some issues historically but that is in the past AFAIK. Ubuntu Mint is painless and fun with the kindles.

Given the right love you can configure Nautilus to browse your devices guts via Wifi SSH as a "Normal" folder. Now that's service : ) Helpful if you have a few lying around.

And yes. It's a LOT faster than winwoes.
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Keep in mind that you cannot remove Adobe DRM in Linux, as Digital Editions must be installed alongside Calibre, and it must be activated. This did not work when using WINE to run ADE.

At least, this was the case about a year ago. There may now be a solution, but if there is, I've not encountered it yet.
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Keep in mind that you cannot remove Adobe DRM in Linux, as Digital Editions must be installed alongside Calibre, and it must be activated. This did not work when using WINE to run ADE.

At least, this was the case about a year ago. There may now be a solution, but if there is, I've not encountered it yet.
I have had no problems with using the tools on Adobe DRM in Linux wine. I am using the old ADE, have not got the new ADE to work so far.


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Are you running both Calibre and ADE in WINE? Last year, if you could find a WINE version that would work with both programs *and* would let you activate ADE, then it would all work. Splitting ADE and Calibre between WINE and Linux never worked, as Calibre could not "see" ADE's installation, as is (was?) required.
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Are you running both Calibre and ADE in WINE? Last year, if you could find a WINE version that would work with both programs *and* would let you activate ADE, then it would all work. Splitting ADE and Calibre between WINE and Linux never worked, as Calibre could not "see" ADE's installation, as is (was?) required.
Ade, Kindle, and Nook for pc in wine1.5, calibre in linux. Using ubuntu 12.04 at this time. Yes my ADE is activated under wine. All tools from apprentice alf work.

How to install Adobe Digital Editions on Ubuntu 12.04 and use it with an e-book reader

I also have a non-activated copy of MSreader working under wine.

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Keep in mind that you cannot remove Adobe DRM in Linux, as Digital Editions must be installed alongside Calibre, and it must be activated. This did not work when using WINE to run ADE.

At least, this was the case about a year ago. There may now be a solution, but if there is, I've not encountered it yet.
I use Apprentice Alf's Calibre plugins on Ubuntu. I've removed DRM from ePub and Mobi files without any issues. I don't have Wine or ADE installed.

I don't think we've crossed the line yet, but might I remind people to be careful not to be too specific about DRM removal, lest we attract the attention of the mods?
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