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Old 03-14-2020, 06:02 PM   #1
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Choosing a Linux distribution for Calibre

I have posted recently about setting up the Calibre content server on a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian as the Linux distro. This works, but it limits me to an older version of Calibre (from what I understand, a limitation of Debian).

Does anyone know of a Linux distribution that will A) run on a Raspberry Pi 4, and B) allow me to install Calibre 4?

Thanks in advance!
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I have posted recently about setting up the Calibre content server on a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian as the Linux distro. This works, but it limits me to an older version of Calibre (from what I understand, a limitation of Debian).

Does anyone know of a Linux distribution that will A) run on a Raspberry Pi 4, and B) allow me to install Calibre 4?

Thanks in advance!
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Calibre 4 should run fine on Raspbian. I'm running it on Ubuntu 16.04 just fine, which is based on a far older version of Debian than current Raspbian releases are.

You just need to install the current version from the calibre site, not the one packaged with the distro. https://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux
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Calibre 4 should run fine on Raspbian. I'm running it on Ubuntu 16.04 just fine, which is based on a far older version of Debian than current Raspbian releases are.

You just need to install the current version from the calibre site, not the one packaged with the distro. https://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux
If only it were that easy. Here's what I get:

"You are running on an ARM system. The calibre binaries are only available for x86 systems. You will have to compile from source."
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If only it were that easy. Here's what I get:

"You are running on an ARM system. The calibre binaries are only available for x86 systems. You will have to compile from source."
Oh, duh, I forgot that Pis are ARM. My bad.
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I have posted recently about setting up the Calibre content server on a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian as the Linux distro. This works, but it limits me to an older version of Calibre (from what I understand, a limitation of Debian).

Does anyone know of a Linux distribution that will A) run on a Raspberry Pi 4, and B) allow me to install Calibre 4?

Thanks in advance!
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Did you ever find a solution?
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The solution is in the very first response in this thread. use arch linux arm it has up to date calibre.
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The solution is in the very first response in this thread. use arch linux arm it has up to date calibre.

Is there a reason to use Arch rather than Ubuntu? Shouldn’t Ubuntu also support the latest version of Calibre?
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Assuming you know how to put Ubuntu on a Pi. Then you need to build Calibre.

Personally I lost interest in Ubuntu nearly 10 years ago.

For a Raspberry Pi the Arch linux may be best.
For x86-32 or x86-64, Linux Mint.
There is or was difficulty on installing on low end Win10 Atom tablets, because while 64 bit linux runs fine, the EFI is 32 bit. So you either use Debian, or copy the 32 bit EFI files into the ISO for Mint 64 bit. This involves unpacking the ISO, or mounting a copy as RW and adding the files, then repackaging the ISO.

The best choices of distro for the Pi (ARM) are not going to be the same as for an x86 platform. AFAIK, Kovid's site only offers the x86 versions for Linux, MacOS and Windows.
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Is there a reason to use Arch rather than Ubuntu? Shouldn’t Ubuntu also support the latest version of Calibre?
It doesn't, just look at the versions of the calibre packages in the two distros.
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It doesn't, just look at the versions of the calibre packages in the two distros.
Only on x86, not ARM for Ubuntu. Maybe that's the confusion.
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