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Hey, thanks for the instructions. Great to see those. I'm away from home for a few days, but I'll give it a go when I get back and have my desktop available.
Is Ubuntu Touch now your daily driver? How is the battery life?

Thank you for the above. Sorry about the slow reply, I've been busy so haven't looked in for a while, but I am interested to see your procedure if it isn't too much trouble to PM (or even to write up here in case anyone else is interested). But perhaps you've managed to make it work in the intervening time?

Cool. It does sound like it might meet my use case. Let me know how you get on if you manage this weekend.

Thanks for that. When I've some time, I shall give it a go. If you do get there before me, I'd be interested to hear your experience. Are you using Ubuntu as a phone or just as a mobile computer? How do you find the battery life?
Thanks again for your input.

I would like to install Ubuntu Ports on my Cosmo and need therefore to free up boot 4, but would like to retain Gemian in boot 3. If I don't need wireless for rooted Android, is there any reason I shouldn't install rooted Android into boot 2 instead of TWRP? Would I be losing anything useful? So far as I can tell TWRP is of no particular use on this machine. The instructions here are ambiguous as to whether or not this is possible, referring to boot 2 only working with 'recovery mode', and suggesting only boot 3 and 4 can take rooted Android. (Let me know if I've missed something here.)

On my Cosmo I have Android in boot 1, Gemian in boot 3 and rooted Android in boot 4. (Though since reinstalling Gemian I can now see six options on booting: 1 NORMAL; 2 RECOVERY; 3 TWRP; 4 Debian/KDE; 5 ROOTED_ANDROID; 6 FASTBOOT.) I only ever use rooted Android once in a while in order to run Titanium backup, backing up to an SD card — because I use Android without logging in to Google and therefore, I believe, nothing is backed up by default. Presumably I could do this just as well with rooted Android in boot 2. Has anyone else done this?

Will the process of installing rooted Android in boot 2 mean I have to reinstall Titanium Backup or change any other settings, or am I right in thinking that rooted Android keeps everything (or nearly everything?) in the same partitions as unrooted Android, so reinstalling rooted Android to boot 2 as per the instructions would leave me with Titanium Backup and its settings unchanged?

Sorry for so many questions and thanks in advance for any help/advice you can offer. Despite using Android for a number of years, I still feel it is an OS I don't really understand.

It has now been released. Ironically, I installed the July release on the 18th only to discover ont he19th thatthey've released the CoDi mouse version that same day. So yesterday I got to reinstallit again. It looks pretty good. Has anyone managed to get the CoDi mouse working? What's the trick?

Any news? Has this actually been released yet? Or spotted in the wild?
Their webpage still seems to have v2 as the latest here
and I thought that was the one we received much earlier this year?

Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Ubports for Cosmo
« on: November 05, 2020, 06:23:44 am »
Thanks for the update. I shall try and give this a go when I have some spare time. Can you report on what currently is and isn't working?
I'm sure I'll not be alone in welcoming any reviews and comparisons anyone would care to make between Ubports, Planet's Linux, and Sailfish OS. (Years and years ago I backed Ubuntu's Kickstarter — or was it Indiegogo — in the hope I'd get a decent Linux phone; perhaps the Cosmo will eventually be it.)
Thanks very much.

Cosmo Communicator - Sailfish OS / Preview version of Sailfish for Cosmo
« on: October 27, 2020, 08:10:34 am »
I was corresponding with Davide Guidi, Planet Computers' CTO, about Sailfish. He has sent me the following link to download a preview of Sailfish for Cosmo, and encouraged me to make it available to interested parties. Note he mentions that screen rotation is broken — but I hope maybe people more technical than me might be able to fix this relatively easily?

Along with the recent announcement about making the CoDi work with Linux, I hope this might be welcome positive news for other enthusiasts for a google-free Cosmo!
All the best,

You can find the sailfish image for cosmo here:

Installation is a bit tricky, You need first to install Debian Linux as for

After that you have to:

- untar sailfishos-cosmocom-release- into the Debian file system itself, in a folder called ".stowaways/sailfishos” in the root folder. Basically it should be in /.stowaways

- flash hybris-boot.img in an empty boot partition, such as EMPTY_NORMAL_BOOT_4, for example dd if=hybris-boot.img of=/dev/disk/by-partlabel/EMPTY_NORMAL_BOOT_4 bs=1M

That should be it, you should now be able to boot to Sailfish by selecting EMPTY_NORMAL_BOOT_4 at boot time.
This should be all, but let me know if you run into troubles.

As far as I remember, it might take a couple of reboot to finally boot Sailfish correctly. Also, keep in mind that it’s an early release, in particular screen rotation is broken.

The project is open source, feel free to forward the link to anybody that might be interested!

Kind regards,

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Re: Sailfishos for early access
« on: October 20, 2020, 10:45:25 am »
I like it — most especially because I don't have to put any further thought to google and other data-slurping corporations. I've become very used to the gesture navigation system, which mostly works well and seems logical.

However, I recognise the app-availability will be a problem for many. I don't use many apps, though I would welcome a really good writing app and a really good calendar app, and a means to sync them. So far nothing to compare with what Psion offered two decades ago in Word, Calendar and Rsync!

My work around at length has been to use the gemini for my personal stuff, and use it as a hotspot when I want my Cosmo with Android to run a program that only runs on that. That way I can keep my personal data separate from the data-slurp.

If I had more time, I would be looking into how hard it is to compile stuff for the gemini. It seems to me that Sailfish has potential but is held back by an insufficient number of users. I don't know whether that will change. But for the moment I am glad to be using it.

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Re: Sailfishos for early access
« on: October 17, 2020, 06:37:02 pm »
Well that took all day, but after a lot of efforts I did finally get my upgraded SFOS Not entirely sure whether the problem was at my end or Jolla's.
But anyway things seem to be running well now.

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Re: Sailfishos for early access
« on: October 17, 2020, 12:15:32 pm »
Hmm. Upgrading not going smoothly. Using the manual upgrade method. The gemini is repeatedly retrying 'REFRESHING CACHE AND DOWNLOADING PACKAGES', then failing with either,

a) 'Error: Timeout exceeded when accessing '' etc. etc.,

or b) after successfully downloading 3 packages warning that 'The upgrade could NOT be finished. Make sure you have a working Internet Connection and SSU is properly set up... REBOOT AT YOUR OWN RISK'

Or finally, c) 'Error: Permission to access '' etc. etc. 'denied.'

So far it has been all day like this.

It *could* conceivably be the Virgin Broadband connection playing up, but everything else in the house is connecting just fine, so I'm inclined to think there is something else wrong. Guess I need to find out where to ask questions of knowledgeable Jolla Sailfish people. (I haven't found google very helpful with troubleshooting Jolla stuff ...)

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Re: Sailfishos for early access
« on: October 17, 2020, 06:27:52 am »
Thanks, Frank. Now available to those of us not early access as well. Am downloading as I type.
Looking forward to trying the updated browser.

Unless you've new information, I would assume that Sailfish is still on its way, but that Davide was a little optimistic in his initial timings. Given how much longer it took for the V23 and then Linux to arrive, and he was specific that work on Sailfish would be worked on only once Android and Linux had been sorted (he explained that the Linux was necessary for Sailfish), my guess would be that we might be due an announcement some time soon. But I haven't written again to inquire and so I've no actual additional info beyond the above supposition and what I wrote earlier.

August is often a quiet month with people away on holidays (not sure whether that has been so true this year). Let's see if there are some more announcements as September gets going.

Gemini PDA - Hardware / Re: Gemini screen line and not boot
« on: August 19, 2020, 03:54:00 am »
I've had a couple more instances of this, each time the phone cutting out in the middle of a call. In these cases though, running the battery right down (over a couple of days) and then applying power has been sufficient to get the phone to reboot. No need to reflash it at all. I suspect disconnecting the battery would have done, but I was away from home in both cases and therefore didn't have access to the mini screwdriver necessary to get to the battery connection. I might have to take to carrying this with me as a matter of habit when going away.

I am wondering whether replacing the battery might stop me having this problem. But it is odd that the cut out seems to occur even when the battery is close to fully charged.

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