Linux version of Logos Bible Software

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Aaron Bauman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 5 2014 9:43 AM

Interesting. But it seems that would not provide the rich feature set of the desktop version of Logos.

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Drew Hannay | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 5 2014 9:52 AM

John Goodman:

I have hopes for this...

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/09/install-android-apps-ubuntu-archon

Haven't got time to try it at the moment but it may be that the android version of Logos arrives on linux soon!

I tried this a month or so ago and it almost worked, but not quite. The app installed, but then it gave me the "SD Card not found" error, which means something went wrong in the initialization phase. I think maybe some of the C++ code Logos for Android uses isn't yet supported by this...a Logos developer would have to investigate more, but I'd be surprised if it were an issue on the Logos side. I think it's more likely some support is missing in ARChon. It'll be very cool if it starts working though!

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 5 2014 11:19 AM

Aaron Bauman:

Interesting. But it seems that would not provide the rich feature set of the desktop version of Logos.

Yeah - desktop logos on linux would be AMAZING!!!

I wonder if the newer versions of both Logos and Wine make that worth another go? I also suggested a while back that Logos test the market by offering a linux version on community pricing - which as I understand it would mean that only if the development cost was covered by pre-orders would they make it? Doesn't look like they want to try that - personally I don't blame them. I doubt it would be profitable.

I think about the only way to go would be if someone wanted to talk to crossover and see if they would take it on via funding through kickstarter? If they would then we might be onto a possibility but the cost will be significant so the question is whether the market is there?

גַּם־חֹשֶׁךְ֮ לֹֽא־יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ וְ֭לַיְלָה כַּיּ֣וֹם יָאִ֑יר כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה כָּאוֹרָֽה

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Zac Edmundson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 5 2014 11:50 AM

I doubt that we will ever see a Linux version of Logos.  Logos and other publishers use DRM which protects and encrypts the content of their resources.  Using an opensource Operating System like Linux opens the door for the DRM to be decrypted and unlocked.

I hope I am wrong, but I feel like Logos and other publishers have a slight focus making money rather an promoting the Gospel of Christ.  (Like the lukewarm church)  (I hope I am wrong and please forgive me for this comment if I am.)  Look at youversion.com bible app for what seems to be a real desire to promote the Gospel of Christ.  I can see applications like this coming to Linux.  Note that BibleTime and Xiphos Bible Guide already exist.

I actually run Logos in a Windows 7 virtual machine on Linux.  It works perfectly.  I would give this a try.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 5 2014 2:36 PM

Wow! There's a Bible translator on christianforums.com who I'm sure would like to find out how to do that. Email me info ÁT cykeltaxi DÓT se:

Zac Edmundson:
I actually run Logos in a Windows 7 virtual machine on Linux.  It works perfectly.  I would give this a try.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 5 2014 8:57 PM

MIKE FENTON:

Why doesn't Logos pay Crossover to make a custom wine app for Logos. That couldn't cost too much and then Logos would have the opportunity to market to any Linux users. Logos Mac version appears to be something running in WINE anyway so why not Linux?

Welcome Big Smile

Open source still lacks an alternative for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) => http://www.mono-project.com/docs/gui/wpf/ so WINE is not a viable option.

In Apr 2011, Codeweavers Bounty Pledge was still less than 1 % of amount needed for Logos 4 port => https://community.logos.com/forums/p/121/240498.aspx#240498 (earlier reply in this thread)

On OS X, using customized Mono allows substantial C# code base sharing with Windows.  Faithlife Corporation developed OS X user interface using Apple's XCode so switching between Windows and OS X is easy.

Logos 6 is now a 64 bit application on 64 bit Operating Systems.  All Logos 6 installations on OS X are 64 bit while Windows matches operating system: 64 bit or 32 bit.

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John Goodman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 4:45 AM
If wine were to work it would be by installing microsoft's .NET onto linux? Mono would only really be helpful for a port I think?

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 4:53 AM

On Mac it's Mono and Chromium CEF framework

Appscript.framework
Chromium Embedded Framework.framework
Compatibility.framework
CrashReporter.framework
Growl.framework
LayoutKit.framework
LogosCEF EH.app
LogosCEF NP.app
LogosCEF.app
MarshalUtility.framework
MonoHost.framework
libplugin_carbon_interpose.dylib

ls -la /Applications/Logos.app/Contents/Frameworks

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Andrew | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 6:31 AM

There was a time (don't know if it is currently active) where you could pledge to provide money to code weavers if they made Logos work. Logos even put up a chunk of money towards that effort. I did as well. There was never enough money pledged to make it viable for code weavers to do the work. In other words, the Linux people were not sufficiently interested to fund it. This is exasperated by the fact that Logos seems to consistently use more recent capabilities (and diverse), which means that the newer DLLs are required; and code weavers is a bit behind with respect to the newer stuff.

Currently, however, you are able to send your books to Kindle, which would then allow you to read the books without the extra nice stuff on that reader. One take away here is that although DRM is used, there is no particular reason it would not run on Linux. I use a VM on Linux to use Logos 6. Of course, I use almost none of those fancy features (I have no particular need or desire). Sometime when I am board, I may look into another path to making this work on Linux.

I wish they had used a cross platform development application framework such as QT, then they would have a single code base for all platforms. QT also supports mobile, but, I don't really want my mobile app to download multi-gigabyte data sets to my phone when I am rarely interested (at least on my phone) in most of the data.

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Andrew | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 6:35 AM

Ugg, I was not aware that they are using WPF. Never really liked WPF, it always felt like it took some magic undocumented incantation to make some of those special effects to work. On the other hand, there was usually some magic undocumented incantation that, if you could find someone who had figured it out, you could use to do something cool pretty easily.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 9:00 AM

John Goodman:
If wine were to work it would be by installing microsoft's .NET onto linux? Mono would only really be helpful for a port I think?

Mono is an open source port of .NET Framework, but Mono does not have an open source implementation of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) so the Logos Indexer may work in WINE with Mono to download and index resources (challenge is initial login dialog box due to lack of WPF).  Logos application lacks usability since WPF not available to render items for screen display.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 9:21 AM

Unix:

Zac Edmundson:
I actually run Logos in a Windows 7 virtual machine on Linux.  It works perfectly.  I would give this a try.

Wow! There's a Bible translator on christianforums.com who I'm sure would like to find out how to do that.

Computer needs adequate hardware for Linux host plus virtual machines.

Some Linux Virtual Machine Managers:

Oracle's Virtual Box is Open Source (Free) => https://www.virtualbox.org/

QEMU is also Open Source (Free) => http://wiki.qemu.org/Main_Page

XEN => http://wiki.xenproject.org/wiki/Main_Page

KVM => http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/Main_Page

VM Ware Workstation is a commercial alternative with subscription license => http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/features.html

Virtual Machine needs valid Windows 7 license => http://blogs.technet.com/b/simonmay/archive/2011/01/13/windows-7-licensing-and-virtual-machines-clarified.aspx

For Logos use, a Windows 7 license is an application enabler.

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David J. Ring, Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 9:56 AM

I'd up my pledge to codeweavers, i have forgotten the location of the pledge page by now.

How do you send your books to Kindle?  I have Kindle for Windows installed under WINE, it works great.

David

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 4:08 PM

!!!!! NO !!!!! PLEASE, NO !!!!!

This thread had gone over a year without a post. I was hoping it had died, never to be resurrected.

Faithlife is already too distracted and spread too thin (IMO). Dating site???!!!

I'd like to see Faithlife not spend a picosecond or a pico-cent on anything related to Linux. And, in case anyone thinks I'm some kind of Linux hater, I was running Linux as a broadband router (before that term existed) in 1996 as one of the first 2-3 people in Hilliard, Ohio to have this fancy new thing called "cable modem."

(There, I feel better now... ;)

Donnie

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 4:24 PM

Donnie Hale:

!!!!! NO !!!!! PLEASE, NO !!!!!

This thread had gone over a year without a post. I was hoping it had died, never to be resurrected.

Faithlife is already too distracted and spread too thin (IMO). Dating site???!!!

I'd like to see Faithlife not spend a picosecond or a pico-cent on anything related to Linux. And, in case anyone thinks I'm some kind of Linux hater, I was running Linux as a broadband router (before that term existed) in 1996 as one of the first 2-3 people in Hilliard, Ohio to have this fancy new thing called "cable modem."

(There, I feel better now... ;)

Donnie

I would agree with you, as suggested above running a virtual machine may be best bet and while some may suggest that is what us mac users should have done.... It is a viable option for using Logos on a UNIX machine even if it does require you to have a windows system installed in your Linux machine.

-Dan 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 6:44 PM

David J. Ring, Jr.:
How do you send your books to Kindle?

Logos 6 => New Feature: Send to Kindle

David J. Ring, Jr.:
I'd up my pledge to codeweavers, i have forgotten the location of the pledge page by now.

Pledge disappeared several years ago while was 99% underfunded.

Wikipedia Operating System Usage Share => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems shows desktop GNU/Linux has declined relative to Windows and OS X so Faithlife Corporation continues to lack profitable business incentive.

Faithlife mobile apps for Android can be run on "Linux" using an Android emulator => https://developer.android.com/tools/devices/emulator.html and => http://xmodulo.com/how-to-run-android-emulator-on-ubuntu-or-debian.html  Android emulators are available for a variety of platforms => http://www.emoretech.com/best-android-emulators-windows-mac-os-x-linux-free-download/

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Andrew | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 7:21 PM

Odd, I felt that way about Mac and Windows Big Smile

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Andrew | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 7:24 PM

Read / watch these before sending to Kindle.

https://www.logos.com/training/logos6/desktop/send-to-kindle

It is mentioned here, read it before trying it, a few warnings (like you better get it right)

https://community.logos.com/forums/t/92777.aspx

https://community.logos.com/forums/t/92620.aspx

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David J. Ring, Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 7:41 PM

Does Faithlife now own Logos? I see people mentioning it and before this I have never heard of it.  I use the Logos app on Android, I guess it is the same thing as the Faithlife app.

The Wikipedia page you cite further down has Linux beating Mac. Further investigation to this shock showed Linux includes Android.

SourceDateMicrosoft Windows: 57.12% -1.15%Apple: 18.04% +0.84%Linux kernel based: 20.12% +0.56%Other[a] 4.74% -0.24%

It still would be nice.  Maybe a java based system for all OS will finally be made.

I personallly will be doing the Virtual Box installation of Windows 7.  Logos will be the only program I use Windows for.

David

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David J. Ring, Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 6 2014 7:46 PM

If I can send to Kindle, it will eliminate my buying the books for Kindle.  Now I can buy books at Logos instead.  I've been buying my books at Kindle because I can have them on all devices.  Now this little "Send to Kindle" means I can buy at www.logos.com instead.

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