Hi folks,

I have made available i386 and amd64 packages for libsword, bibletime, and xiphos available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and its variants (LUbuntu 14.04, Mint 17, etc), as well as Ubuntu 13.10 and its variants.

They can be found here:

I'm pretty sure that these WILL conflict with the official Ubuntu packages for SWORD, because they are still shipping a rather old sword (1.6.2).  To use these you will have to remove libsword*, which will also mean uninstalling the official Bibletime and Xiphos.  We had been expecting Ubuntu to release the updated official package for libsword sometime "soon", but quite a bit of time has passed without an update, so I'm not holding my breath. 

The site above includes instructions for whichever version you are installing.  For reference, I'll post the 14.04 instructions here:
  1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE Ubuntu 14.04 or variant
  2. GET DEPENDENCIES (as root):
    1. apt-get install curl zlib1g libicu52 zlib1g-dev libcurl3 libcurl3-gnutls libclucene-contribs1 libclucene-core1 libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-common libglib2.0-0 libglade2-0 libgladeui-common libgtkhtml3.14-19 libgtkhtml-editor-common libgtkhtml-editor0 libgnomeui-0 libgnomeui-common libgnome2-0 libgnome2-common libgnomecanvas2-0 libgnomecanvas2-common libgail-common libgsf-1-common libgsf-1-114 libpackagekit-glib2-16 libxml++2.6-2 libglib2.0-0 libglib2.0-bin libglib2.0-cil libglib2.0-data libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 libwebkitgtk-1.0-common libqt4-dbus libqt4-xml libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libqtwebkit4 libqt4-svg
    1. apt-get remove libsword-common libsword-dbg libsword-dev libsword-utils libsword8 libsword9 libsword-dbg:i386 libsword-dev:i386 libsword-utils:i386 libsword9:i386 xiphos bibletime
    1. (64-bit): dpkg -i libsword_1.7.3-2_amd64.ubuntu1404.deb libbiblesync_1.0.1-2_amd64.ubuntu1404.deb xiphos_3.2.1-2_amd64.ubuntu1404.deb bibletime_2.10.1-2_amd64.ubuntu1404.deb
    2. or
    3. (32-bit): dpkg -i libsword_1.7.3-2_i386.ubuntu1404.deb libbiblesync_1.0.1-2_i386.ubuntu1404.deb xiphos_3.2.1-2_i386.ubuntu1404.deb bibletime_2.10.1-2_i386.ubuntu1404.deb
  5. RUN xiphos or bibletime (as a non-root user) AND ENJOY

p.s. - if anyone reading has some knowledge of how to get decent packages into the Ubuntu repos, I'd love to be pointed in the right direction.

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