Gnome-ish icon theme for Calibre 0.4: it’s back!


A couple of years ago I cobbled up an icon theme pack for Calibre, the awesome ebook manager and converter, to give it a look that’s both more appealing to my personal taste, and a bit more uniform with the general style of Linux applications. It’s mostly a cherry-picking of icons from various Gnome icon themes, plus some modified slightly by me: I don’t want to take any credit where it’s not due (all license details are in the README.txt in the package).

That package pretty much fell in disrepair, and even the independently made 0.3 version has pretty much disappeared from the web.

But no more! I decided to give it a whirl again and so, without further ado, the 0.4 version of the package! It should be compatible with Calibre 0.9.x and subsequent versions (probably 0.8 too, and at least up to 1.0.x), and it contains instructions for very simple installation (it’s a matter of copying one folder).

It’s now much more complete than before, though far from being a 100% replacement. Some icons are pretty hard to replace… and many icons are for functions I have never encountered in Calibre: it’s a big tool!

Here is a bigger preview (click to enlarge):


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Enjoy your spiffied-up Calibre, and please let me know if there are any problems with the hosting of the file (or if you want to offer a hosting place that allows hotlinking).

Alternate Icons for Calibre

UPDATE: this post is obsolete! Take a look at the new one.

The latest version of Calibre (0.7.10) has a feature that lets you customize the icons on the application.

I was not much a fan of the existing icons (both old and new) so I jumped at the opportunity to create a quick re-theme of the application to let it fit a bit better in my linux Gnome desktop.

Here is a preview (click to see fullsize):
Preview of the 'renatoram' Calibre icon theme.

You can download the 0.2 package (updated) here.
(brief install instructions are included)

I might update the package in the future to further polish Calibre’s icons, but this is a good start.

It turns out I forgot the Sync icon, so I went on and updated the package right away. Now the link points to the updated 0.2 version.

Thanks to Tim (as you can see in the comments) there is now an updated 0.3 version! Grab it here.
You’ll find the changelog below in the comments.


This is all obsolete info! Please, check my new version of the package in this more recent post.

Changing the Gnome Keyring unlock password

The Gnome keyring has had for some time the nice feature to unlock itself upon login. Unfortunately as soon as you change your password (which you could be forced to, due to company policy, for example) it stops, since the keyring password is now out of sync.

For some time it was simply impossible to change the unlock password (yeah, annoying).

Then the change password dialog was implemented in Seahorse ( yum install seahorse seahorse-plugins )… but this feature is not only very poorly documented (if at all), all the online pointers and fourm posts talk about an old version of Seahorse apparently.

In Fedora 10 the functionality is there, but it is a bit hidden: install seahorse, click Applications -> Accessories -> Passwords and Encription Keys

then click on Edit, Preferences, and there you are, the “login” line with the big “Change Unlock Password” button. Now you simply have to insert the old password, and update it with your current one.

Change Gnome Keyring Unlock Password
Change Gnome Keyring Unlock Password


Loopback behaviour on Windows Server 2008

Enable Loopback adapter on Windows Server 2008

netsh int ipv4 set int “Loopback Adapter” weakhostreceive=enabled weakhostsend=enabled

netsh int ipv4 set int “Local Area Connection” weakhostreceive=enabled weakhostsend=enabled

via Enable Loopback adapter on Windows Server 2008 – Steve Schofield Weblog.

Those two lines will save you lots of headaches: in Windows 2008 the network behaviour has changed in a subtle and tricky way. Packets coming in from a NIC will not go out from another one, by default.

If, like me, you were using the loopback trick to publish machines on the internet via ARP Proxying your win2k8 machines will NOT reply correctly by default. Use the settings above and you’re good to go: packets coming in from the loopback (with the internet address) will be sent back through the DMZ nic and will be routed normally.