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Old 06-06-2010, 02:49 AM   #1
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I am new tonight. I have a Asus Netbook with Linux. It has fbreader installed. Do most of your books support Linux???? Not sure if I can use palm book formated books with fbreader please????

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Old 06-06-2010, 04:46 AM   #2
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Books don't support operating systems; reader software supports books.

A quick look at the fbreader website shows me that fbreader supports epub, which seems to be developing into the industry standard. Since with calibre virtually any accessible format can be an epub within seconds, you're good there.

I'm not sure what you mean by "most of your books" -- you mean the ebooks on MobileRead? They're separated by format, so you just need to see which formats the books you're interested in come in, and convert them if they're not the one you want.

Which ASUS netbook do you have, by the way? I've got a 901, which doesn't have fbreader (though apparently a previous version of its particularly strange OS/app package did), and I have a certain degree of paranoia when it comes to trying to install anything on that odd little computer. The process isn't like anything I'm familiar with, and as much as I like the convenience of its simple function-oriented UI on top of some kind of mutant Xandros, I'm getting seriously tempted to throw some other distro on there just so I can actually install stuff that works. It's a very bizarre feeling to have a Linux machine over which I have less control than Windows. Also, the fact that ASUS's "software" source is 99% links to random unrelated websites pisses me off. I love my "kneetop", as I call it, but I really want to grab someone at ASUS by the throat and shake hard.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:22 AM   #4
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:22 AM   #5
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Welcome Bobby

Our Wiki reference for fbreader http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/FBReader indicates that any book in epub and mobi formats (+ others ) will be readable.

Download a few from the MR Library and test it out.

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:58 AM   #6
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:30 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your responses. Its great to see such support available. I also have a Asus 901 Netbook with Ubuntu 10.4. It works great. Much better than the Linux originally installed. I do have FBReader installed. I use a lot of Mobipocket and Fictionwise books as there is a good variety of books available. I use the Mobipocket and PRC formats most and others. Use them mostly on my Nokia devices and some time back on my Psion devices. It looks like I might have to learn some new things to get books on my Asus.

I don't know if I can used any of the above formats on my Netbook.

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Old 06-07-2010, 03:52 PM   #10
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Thank you Lady Blue. How snarky are you???? )

Not very, but I keep trying.

I manage a zinger every now and then.
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:36 PM   #12
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Which ASUS netbook do you have, by the way? I've got a 901, which doesn't have fbreader (though apparently a previous version of its particularly strange OS/app package did), and I have a certain degree of paranoia when it comes to trying to install anything on that odd little computer. The process isn't like anything I'm familiar with, and as much as I like the convenience of its simple function-oriented UI on top of some kind of mutant Xandros, I'm getting seriously tempted to throw some other distro on there just so I can actually install stuff that works. It's a very bizarre feeling to have a Linux machine over which I have less control than Windows. Also, the fact that ASUS's "software" source is 99% links to random unrelated websites pisses me off. I love my "kneetop", as I call it, but I really want to grab someone at ASUS by the throat and shake hard.
Do yourself a favor and banish the EEEXandros thing from your computer. Some flavor of Ubuntu or tne new Jolicloud distro should fulfill your needs much better than the horrible toy-OS preinstalled with eee.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:48 PM   #14
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That is what I have done. Ubuntu 10.4 works great. Just like a real computer.
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