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Compiling Bibletime 2.9.2 in Linux Mint 15

I just experienced a substantial boost to my geek-ego… for the first time ever I succeeded in compiling a software program from source!


After upgrading my laptop to Linux Mint 15 over the last couple of days, I discovered that Bibletime 2.9.1 presented me with blank pages instead of Bible text, commentaries, etc. My first thought was “hmmm… maybe I’m looking at white text on white background?” No such luck. If that were the case, you could still click and drag over the text and copy/paste, etc. The window was actually empty where there should have been text, no matter which Bible, commentary, etc. was opened. I tried downloading a new copy of the KJV Bible using the Bookshelf Manager… still the same issue.

Well, let’s see what the newest version is at Sourceforge… Bibletime 2.9.2.

So… here is what I had to do to get it going… (please understand that this was MY wandering pathway, in MY installation… not all of these steps may actually be necessary, but the end result for me was good):

First, install some preliminary software that will allow you to compile it on Linux Mint/Ubuntu. The following commands (in italics) are to be typed or copy/pasted into a terminal such as Konsole:

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cmake

…and to satisfy dependencies for Bibletime (not certain that every package listed here is absolutely needed, but there were several that silenced some build errors…)

sudo apt-get install qt4-designer qt4-demos qt4-doc qt4-dev-tools libqt4-dev libclucene-dev libsword-dev libsword-utils libqt4webkit-dev curl zlibc libqt5clucene5 libqt5core5

Then, download the tarball from sourceforge

Then, make sure your /usr/local/src folder belongs to you and is writable:

sudo chown $USER /usr/local/src

sudo chmod u+rwx /usr/local/src

Then, move the downloaded bibletime tarball into /usr/local/src

Extract it with the following command (change the filename if you are using a different version of bibletime!)

tar -xjvf bibletime-2.9.2.tar.bz2

navigate into the new bibletime directory created in /usr/local/src:

cd /usr/local/src/bibletime-2.9.2

and finally, type the following command


(close eyes… hold breath… push Enter!)…

[please note: the following screenshot is a “re-creation” for illustrative purposes only! Contrary to what the picture shows, I did not install Bibletime in a folder on my Desktop!]


And now is when the terminal goes crazy with a mind-boggling array of things it has to do to compile human-readable source code into machine-readable binary code! If all goes well, in the end it will give you the path to the newly created binary:


Now, you can use that line to create a shortcut in your menu system or on your desktop. For me, using KDE:

-right-click on the “Start button” (using Windows-Speak) or, more correctly in KDE… the “Application Launcher Menu” button.

-click “Edit Applications”

-select “Education” (or wherever you would like it to appear in your menu structure)

-click the “New Item” button and enter “Bibletime” in the window that pops up, and click OK

-select the new Bibletime entry in the menu editor tree, and type “Bible study tool” or whatever you like in the description line on the right.

-copy and paste the path to the new binary in the “Command” field. For me this was “/usr/local/src/bibletime-2.9.2/build/install/bin/bibletime” (do not type the quotation marks!)

And finally, before closing the menu editor, click on the blank square in the upper right of the menu editor window. This will bring up a window where you can select an icon for the Bibletime entry in the menu. Click on “Other icons:”, and browse to /usr/local/src/bibltime-2.9.2/pics/icons/bibltime.svg

-click on the “Save” button on the menu editor window


Hopefully, when you click on Bibletime in your menu, it should fire right up! Enjoy!


Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Linux Mint 14 KDE Release Candidate on Gateway NV79 laptop

My old Compaq desktop recently decided that Microsoft Vista was no longer welcome. I mean, Vista just wouldn’t boot. Linux booted fine, but no amount of reinstalls, tweaks, etc. would get Vista going. I needed Vista only for the purpose of running a Microsoft Access database. So, I decided that this was as good of an excuse as I was going to get for buying myself a decent laptop.

I thought I would try to get something with Intel based cpu and graphics, since everything I currently used had older Nvidia graphics, and AMD processors. I just wanted to see how Linux and Intel get along. I should have studied up on things a bit more before buying!

I purchased a used Gateway NV79 from Ebay, with Intel i5 cpu, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics. Windows 7 works beautifully, Linux, not so much…

I tried the following Linux distributions…


Linux Mint 14 64bit Cinnamon: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Siduction 12.2.0 -rc2 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

OpenSuse 12.2 rc 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Antix 12: monitor backlight worked, but wireless network wouldn’t.

Rosa 2012 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Kubuntu 13.04 alpha 1 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Fedora 18 beta 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Chakra 2012.12 64 bit: don’t remember for sure, but I think the monitor worked, but the wireless didn’t.

And FINALLY… I discovered the download for the upcoming Linux Mint 14 KDE version, and… everything works, once it is fully installed. The laptop monitor backlight did NOT work while running from the live-dvd, meaning that I had to shine a flashlight on the monitor to see what was going on during installation. That’s a little tricky… because it’s easy to lose track of your cursor… but once installation was complete, and I rebooted from the hard drive, everything works beautifully. Well… as long as I don’t close the laptop lid. Then the backlight goes off, and I have to get the flashlight and log out of the desktop and log in again, and the backlight comes back on. (Edit, 2/28/13: I’ve since discovered that Ctrl>Alt>backspace, which logs out of KDE, will bring the backlight back on, and allow me to log in and get to work. I am still using this installation, and am quite happy with it, and with the new laptop!)


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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Enjoying “Stability” with Linux Mint Debian Edition

Update: Have since installed the 64-bit version of LMDE, and am just as happy. Although I’d like to have a more current version of Firefox than 3.6.13, it really works fine, and the 4.whatever versions don’t run all of the plugins I’m used to having. So, it’s really not much of an issue. I am still “enjoying the stability.”

I was excited when I first heard that Linux Mint was going to put out a Debian-based edition. I have been using it regularly almost since the day it came out, and have been loving it. I like the rolling release idea. I just today discovered How-To-Forge’s L.M.D.E. “Perfect Desktop” guide. Falko Temme creates these guides for many of the major Linux releases. That made it easy for me to find and install Skype (…now I just have to learn how to use it!)

My LMDE desktop 12/3/2010

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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Uncategorized


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“Generating grub.cfg” won’t finish….

A brand new installation of Kubuntu 10.04 always requires updates, including an updated kernel. The new kernel forces synaptic to run grub-update. My problem was that it just wouldn’t finish! It would hang at “Generating grub.cfg.” I finally figured out: unplug the usb cable to my printer, which has an SD slot in it for picture cards. Once I did that, and did a “sudo dpkg –configure -a” in Konsole, the update could finish as normal. I wonder if that is what made Mint 9 KDE installation keep halting at “Looking for other operating systems…” Hmmm. I’ll have to give that a try…

Update: I tried the Mint installation again, but I had to physically disconnect my second hard drive (where I keep my /home directory) and install to the entire first hard drive (no more Kubuntu) before I could get it to install completely. I kept getting stuck at “looking for other OS’s… ” when it was trying to install grub to the main hard drive’s MBR (master boot record). And THEN, as soon as I went to update the new Mint, I was stuck again at “generating grub.cfg… ” The workaround I finally found (somewhere on Ubuntu forums, I think) was to append this line to the bottom of /etc/default/grub:


Then I was able to reboot, update through Synaptic, and it configured the new kernel, updated grub.cfg, etc. without a hiccup.


Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Linux Mint with KDE 4.4.1


Linux Mint 8 with KDE 4.4.1

Using Emerald’s smarald theme (with minor mod’s, mainly just to narrow the window borders), and KDE’s Arrezo workspace theme (which looks best with the translucency provided by Compiz).

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Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Removing Linux Mint’s Google page hack from Firefox

I know this is a revenue stream for Linux Mint, but I just can’t do without the “more options” on the normal Google search results page that allow me to¬† limit searches to results from the last year, or the last 24 hours, etc. So, thanks to some folks at the Mint forum, here’s a quick way to restore normal Google pages:

1) go to this page and click “add to Firefox”

2) go to Google’s home page and Right-Click in the search box. Select “add to search bar.”

3) go to “manage search engines” (click the drop down arrow on the search bar)

4) remove the old Google search engine, and move the new one to the top.

Clem, if you can come up with a way to keep all of Google’s functionality on the results pages, I’d be more than happy to keep the Mint hacks in place.


Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Fedora 11 refuses to install on my new motherboard/cpu combo…

I recently bought an ASRock K10n78m motherboard with an AMD 7750 cpu, but was unable to make F11 preview or final install, either from the LiveCD or the DVD installation media. Bummer! From the Live CD, pressing the Install to Hard Drive icon just didn’t do anything. It never started Anaconda, the installation program. With the DVD installation disc, it would always hang during some part of the installation… several times at “searching for storage devices.” It’s a shame, because I really wanted to be running Fedora 11 now. Instead, I’ll just be happy (for a while) with Mint 7.

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Uncategorized


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While I am waiting for Ubuntu 9.04…

…I have discovered a really cool browser plugin that functions as an image/video/news viewer… you’ve got to check out

I have it running beautifully on my Linux Mint 64 bit system, using Firefox 3.08, but I believe they also have versions for Windows and for Internet Explorer. Try out the “Discover” mode, where you can use it to browse news images from around the web, as well as video. The search box (top right) will allow you to search YouTube video, Google Images, Flickr, etc. Here is a screenshot:


You can get here it for your Firefox .

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Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Uncategorized


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