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7 Dec 2018
Anyone have any news regarding further updates for Debian on Gemini?

Debian TP2 (TP = Technical Preview) has been out for some time now.

Just curious..... smile.gif

Mark
24 Sep 2018
Tried to use a USB Flash Drive via the Gemini hub, but does not auto-mount or be recognized.

Any suggestions to get drives to be automatically mounted?

Thanks.

Mark
20 Sep 2018
Been very frustrated today with multiple attempts to get 'apt-get upgrade' or 'apt-get remove' to work.

Problem seems to be an issue with the Libreoffice install.

Here's some of the messages I see in terminal:

CODE
(Reading database ... 105256 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libreoffice-base_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_arm64.deb ...
Unpacking libreoffice-base (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) over (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-base_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_arm64.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/libreoffice/share/basic/dialog.xlc', which is also in package libreoffice-common 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3
Preparing to unpack .../libreoffice-common_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_all.deb ...
Unpacking libreoffice-common (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) over (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_all.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/libreoffice/share/basic/dialog.xlc', which is also in package libreoffice-base 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice/share/prereg/': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice/share/': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice/program/': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice': No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-base_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_arm64.deb
/var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_all.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
root@localhost:/home/gemini# apt-get install aptitude
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt --fix-broken install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
aptitude : Depends: aptitude-common (= 0.8.7-1) but it is not going to be installed
           Depends: libcwidget3v5 but it is not going to be installed
           Depends: libsigc++-2.0-0v5 (>= 2.8.0) but it is not going to be installed
libreoffice-base : Depends: libreoffice-base-core (= 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4 is to be installed
                   Depends: libreoffice-base-drivers (= 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4 is to be installed
                   Depends: libreoffice-core (= 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4 is to be installed
                   Recommends: default-jre but it is not going to be installed or
                               openjdk-8-jre but it is not going to be installed or
                               openjdk-7-jre but it is not installable or
                               openjdk-6-jre but it is not installable or
                               gcj-jre but it is not going to be installed or
                               java5-runtime or
                               jre but it is not installable
libreoffice-core : Breaks: libreoffice-base (< 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3 is to be installed
                   Recommends: libpaper-utils but it is not going to be installed
libreoffice-java-common : Depends: libreoffice-common (= 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3 is to be installed
libreoffice-script-provider-python : Depends: libreoffice-common (= 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3 is to be installed
libreoffice-style-galaxy : Depends: libreoffice-common (= 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) but 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3 is to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt --fix-broken install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
root@localhost:/home/gemini# apt --fix-broken install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
libreoffice-base libreoffice-common
Suggested packages:
libreoffice-gcj libreoffice-report-builder unixodbc libreoffice-style-breeze
libreoffice-style-hicontrast libreoffice-style-oxygen libreoffice-style-sifr
libreoffice-style-tango
Recommended packages:
default-jre | openjdk-8-jre | openjdk-7-jre | openjdk-6-jre | gcj-jre
| java5-runtime | jre
The following packages will be upgraded:
libreoffice-base libreoffice-common
2 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 92 not upgraded.
4 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0 B/24.9 MB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 105256 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libreoffice-base_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_arm64.deb ...
Unpacking libreoffice-base (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) over (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-base_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_arm64.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/libreoffice/share/basic/dialog.xlc', which is also in package libreoffice-common 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3
Preparing to unpack .../libreoffice-common_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_all.deb ...
Unpacking libreoffice-common (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u4) over (1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_all.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/libreoffice/share/basic/dialog.xlc', which is also in package libreoffice-base 1:5.2.7-1+deb9u3
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice/share/prereg/': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice/share/': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice/program/': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice': No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove '/var/lib/libreoffice': No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-base_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_arm64.deb
/var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a5.2.7-1+deb9u4_all.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


I've tried doing 'apt --fix-broken install' as systems suggests, but get same problem.

When I've tried to remove Libreoffice, I get the error messages.

Anyone have a way to get this fixed?

Thanks for any suggestions!

Mark
11 Jul 2018
Hi fellow Geministas,

Now that I've had Gemini for more than a month and multiple re-flashes and updates behind me, I thought I'd share some general thoughts about our little pocket computer, and see if you agree or have different perspective.

The last two re-flashes have been with the recent multi-boot setup.

Currently, have it setup as follows:

1. Android Rooted

2. Recovery

3. Debian

4. Sailfish



So, in that order, here's some thoughts about each:


1. Android Rooted

Works well overall.

However, need to learn how to use Android without needing Google and signing in to apps, etc. If there's a good place online to learn about doing this, please let me know.

Disappointed in Planet's new Agenda app. Looks very nice visually, but "where's the beef?" as the old Burger King commercial said.


3. Debian

Works well overall.

However, still has a few rough edges...

No ethernet support.

I'm fine with using it with my little mini-mouse when I'm at a desk. However, would be nice if I could use it easily without a mouse when out and about, on the train, etc. Like others have said, it would be great if Gemini had a pointing device built-in. I think an optical pointer like on the Viliv N5 and UMID mBook (think it had one...) would be great. Other option is a little trackpoint like on my GPD Pocket.. Also, some mouse buttons would be helpful too, either on keyboard or if no room, on side of display or even back of display as on my old Libretto way back when.


4. Sailfish

Looks pretty......

Not sure there's much more to say about it. Definitely, feels very unfinished, at least to me.



Well, there you have it, my impressions of the various Gemini OS'es, as currently available.


Overall, think Gemini is a very nice pocketable mobile computer (I don't use it as a phone...).

Think it has a lot of promise to be much better and refined as time goes by and more updates released.

Think that Planet is clearly under-resourced and they are playing catch-up to meet all the various demands about the device.

Planet's website and Support page are very un-developed. Various things you'd expect normally are not found, like contact info, general Gemini support info besides flashing, etc.


Please don't take this post as I'm bashing Planet or the Gemini. To be very clear, I really enjoy using the Gemini now and look forward to seeing it get even better as time goes by.

If you have any comments or other thoughts on this, please feel free to share them.

OK, back to using Gemini....

smile.gif


Mark
9 Jul 2018
Recently, I re-flashed Gemini with the new multi-boot firmware.

I set up the booting with the new online tool as follows:

1. Debian

2. Recovery

3. Sailfish

4. Android Rooted


It was working properly until now.

Before if I rebooted and did not press any key or silver button, it booted up into Debian. However, now when I reboot and do not press anything, it just keeps re-booting endlessly.

If I press silver button, it boots to Sailfish.

If I press both Esc key and silver button, it will boot to Android.

So, something got messed up regarding booting to Debian.


Any way to fix this or do I need to re-flash again?

If re-flash, can I just do the Debian partition or ?

Thank you for any help.

Mark
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