The release of InkBox OS 2.0, aimed at replacing the stock firmware of Kobo and Kindle e-readers, has been introduced. The system components of InkBox OS 2.0 are built on the basis of the Alpine Linux 3.10 distribution, and the user interface utilizes the InkBox shell developed by the same project, providing an interface for reading e-books and managing the home library. The user interface is optimized for e-paper screens. The shell code is written in C++ using the Qt framework and distributed under the GPLv3 license.
Features of InkBox OS:
- Integrated KoBox Launcher interface for running X11 applications available in the Alpine repository. For example, you can launch the Geany text editor or the XBoard game (chess).
- Support for e-books in ePUB and PDF formats. Support for images and text.
- Customizable page display modes for reading.
- 10 built-in fonts.
- Utilization of the muPDF engine for rendering ePUB and PDF.
- Support for wireless network connectivity and inclusion of a web browser.
- Storage encryption using EncFS.
- Content search within the local storage. Search in dictionaries.
- Availability of a dark mode interface.
- Seamless update installation process.
- Included VNC client for remote desktop access.
- Includes a program for note-taking (ToDo) and a calendar-planner.
- Automatic device sleep mode.
- Screen saver with password unlock.
- Bootable builds prepared for Kobo Mini N705, Kobo Touch N905B, Kobo Touch N905C, Kobo Glo N613, Kobo Aura N236, Kobo Glo HD N437, Kobo Nia N306, Kobo Libra N873, and Kindle Touch devices.