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The Pocket P.C. is "a handheld Linux device with a high-definition 1080p display and large battery life."

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It includes:

- a reprogrammable 59 button silicone keyboard w/ RGB backlight
- an Infineon OPTIGA TRUST M IC with: ECC NIST P256/P384, SHA-256, TRNG, DRNG, RSA® 1024/2048 and 4.5K of user memory. This chip can store private keys securely, as well as generate true random numbers
- a removable 3200mAh battery
- the LoRa version has integrated LoRa and GNSS radios capable of joining worldwide LoRaWAN networks and concurrent reception of up to 3 GNSS
- shipping with Debian 10 running mainline Linux,

[News via Planet PDAs on Facebook]

Software News / Sailfish OS Koli 4.0.1 for Gemini released
« on: February 05, 2021, 03:41:59 am »
A new version of Sailfish OS, 4.0.1 - Koli,  has been released for various devices, including the Gemini PDA (but not the Cosmo). A list of the most important new features and bugfixes is available here:

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The flashable image for the Gemini will appear when this release has been rolled out to all users.

Known issues specific to Gemini PDA:
- Features not yet implemented: double-tap wakeup, RTC Alarms
- Gemini Screenshot Button Fn + X does not work
- Not possible to answer calls when Gemini is closed with side button
- Some 3rd party apps have issues in Landscape mode.

Thanks to cos on the Gemini & Cosmo PDA Telegram channel for the news.


Planet Computers has today released two videos for the First Look Event, showing the first Astro Slide 5G sample:
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Astro Slide 5G - First Look:

Astro Slide - First Look - Backer's Q&A:

Moreover, they have also started an Astro backer poll on the battery capacity:


Off Topic forum / 2020 game :)
« on: January 14, 2021, 12:44:24 pm »
I have stumbled on this little and cute webgame. The ending is really fun to watch :)

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The game about the mad year 2020
Play through all the major events of 2020: the Australia wildfires, Covid-19, the stock market crash, quarantine, the rise of TikTok, the USA elections, etc.


Misc News / Astro/Cosmo/Gemini's IRC channel has moved to a new home
« on: January 09, 2021, 03:12:32 am »

I wanted to inform you that the Astro/Cosmo/Gemini's IRC channel (#gemini-pda) has now moved from freenode:

the new channel is called #planet-devices and is hosted on IRCNet, you can connect to it via on port 6667 (SSL: on port 6697).

This new channel is still bridged with both Telegram and Matrix (thanks Sami!). The reason for the move was because of technical limitations of the Freenode servers which was making bridging difficult.

Link to the list of all the active IM channels:


Off Topic forum / Happy New Year 2021!
« on: December 31, 2020, 01:22:20 pm »
The OESF team wishes you a happy new year 2021! Hoping that the new year will be full of good news for everyone :)


Software News / New Linux firmware v3 for Cosmo Communicator now available
« on: November 19, 2020, 03:31:10 am »

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"The latest Linux Debian firmware v3 is now available!

This release contains a Cover Display (CoDi) implementation for Linux which provides a number of new features, such as:

 -  Mouse Control - you can now use the CoDi display as a trackpad when the unit is open
 -  Phone Control - you can browse contact and place/accept calls from the Codi screen while the unit is closed
 -  Device Control - you can switch OFF/reboot Cosmo from the CoDi display
 -  Contacts can be updated by the gka-contacts-qt application or directly from the dialer app

A big thank you to the Cosmo Communicator open source community for supporting Linux on Cosmo Communicator!"

GPD Win - hardware / GPD Win 3 announced
« on: November 10, 2020, 10:04:57 am »
"If the design looks familiar, that’s because it’s heavily inspired by the Sony Vaio UX line of handheld computers from almost 15 years ago."

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XDA has released new photos of the unreleased Sony Ericsson VAIO smartphone which was under development in 2010, bearing a striking resemblance with the Astro:

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our host provider has fixed the issue with the filesystem being read-only, now both attachments and avatar uploads should be working again. Thanks for your patience!


Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Elsix account now again active!
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:28:17 pm »

[for anyone wondering what is Elsix: it was a site which catalogued all the software available for the old Sharp Zaurus models. It was available on]

Finally some good news about Elsix: after many years of inactivity, the folks at ibiblio have activated the account again. It turns out that the account was disabled some years ago and all the files were put under root's account, probably because it was insecure and unmantained. I have now been able to login there, but the site still didn't load, probably because all the php scripts must be updated in order to run under the server's PHP 7. I'm not sure how secure is the whole site, considering it was written 15 years ago, so for now I have decided to make a backup of all the files (roughly 2GB of data) and a dump of the database. The database contains more than 30000 accounts, almost all of them are probably spambots.

I don't know if the info there would still be useful to anyone, or if anyone would like to add any info about Zaurus programs and games. On the other side it would be a pity to lose all this information. So, my plan is to install there a suitable and secure CMS, and to import all the data from the old site. Additionally it could also host mirrors of all the Zaurus feeds still online, and Zaurus-related pages recovered from This file server will be also open for any software for the Gemini or Cosmo, of course.

Comments and suggestions are welcome, as always.


[News via Planet PDAs on Facebook]

Such a nice offer, even cheaper than 1st Indiegogo offers.
Are you primed and ready? This year’s Amazin’ Planet Days offers are now LIVE!

For the next two days, we’re running our biggest ever savings at the Planet Store – including a rocket-sized 40% discount on both the Gemini PDA and Cosmo Communicator and 20% off all device accessories.
To get in on the action, just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Head over to the official Planet Store:

Step 2: Select the device and/or accessories you want and enter the corresponding promo code at checkout
40% off all Planet devices – promo code: AMAZINPLANET
20% off all Planet accessories – promo code: PLANET20

Step 3: Enjoy the power of a pocket computer and get creating on the move!

But hurry – this exclusive offer is only available at the Planet Store during the Amazin’ Planet Days promotion.

Best wishes,
Planet Computers

Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Security certificate expired
« on: September 30, 2020, 01:23:11 pm »
The security certificate used by the forum has expired today, we have reported this to our host, we're waiting now for a fix. Sorry for this inconvenience, we'll keep you posted.


General Discussion / Text editor for Android?
« on: September 06, 2020, 09:52:50 am »
Can anybody recommend an adware and in-app buys free text editor for the Gemini/Cosmo for Android? It would be great if it supports copy and paste via Ctrl-C/V.


Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Forum outage
« on: August 27, 2020, 03:46:54 pm »

today we have experienced an outage which lasted a couple of hours, it was due to a problem with our host which has since been solved. Sorry for the inconvenience, now everything is back to normal.


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