[sword-devel] Mobile Linux UIs

Mill J millj.code at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 10:40:03 EST 2021

As far as I know there's still no current mobile linux sword app available.
The desktop ones run, but are mostly unusable unless the phone is docked. A
fellow PinePhone user wrote a bible app for the PinePhone but he doesn't
use sword. I contacted him about maybe adding sword support, but he said at
this time he's not planning on it.

It is fairly simple to get a very basic sword bible app going in gtkmm3
(which is quite mobile friendly). I've got a extremely basic, proof of
concept going to where I can read installed sword modules in plain text.
Maybe I should polish it up a bit and push to a public git repo. There's a
chance somebody might find it useful for a starting point.


On Mon, Nov 8, 2021, 7:28 AM Troy A. Griffitts <scribe at crosswire.org> wrote:

> qpsword was written for OPIE, which was basically linux ported to HP PDAs
> years ago.  It uses Qt.  It probably still calls a bunch of deprecated API
> methods, but should be easy to update.
> https://crosswire.org/qpsword/index.jsp?section=Screenshots
> https://crosswire.org/qpsword
> svn co https://crosswire.org/svn/qpsword/trunk qpsword
> On 11/7/21 13:30, Greg Hellings wrote:
> For my phone I've been moving to my new Pine Phone. For those unaware,
> this is a cell phone that runs mainline Linux and most of the popular
> desktop distributions are available on it - Arch, Fedora, Ubuntu, Manjaro,
> and about a dozen others I don't recall off the top of my head. I'm
> personally driving mine with Fedora.
> Which of our apps have the ability to run in a mobile friendly UI but on
> desktop software stacks? The current Pine Phone is very slow (only quad Arm
> A53 cores at 1 GHz), so the full browser experience to bring up a Bible in
> the browser is like going back to 2015. If I could build one of our native
> apps, it would be grand. I think Bible Time has a mobile UI option, but I
> don't know if it is compatible with a desktop stack. Are there any others?
> Is anyone willing to help me get one built?
> --Greg
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