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Has anyone tried ?

as far as I can tell, a few modules are missing, and can possibly be installed.

The following is my process until I got stuck:

*Starting from a fresh official Sailfish installation
*Signed in to my jolla account
*Enabled developer mode
* allow install from other sources

First choice, CHUM or CHUM-gui?
I am not sure what is better, I used gui, and looks like it worked fine

* installed sailfishos-chum-gui for arm (got the direct link from )

in a terminal using either pkcon or zypper:

devel-su pkcon refresh

Second choice WayDroid Settings or Wayrdroid Runner ?
from it boils down to slow and better integration vs faster and worse integration ... I went with runner

devel-su pkcon install waydroid-runner

this installed:
python3-gbinder, waydroid-gbinder-config-hybris, waydroid-runner, waydroid sensors

now, when initiating waydroid, it looks like some modules are missing:

devel-su waydroid init

Failed to load binder driver
modprobe: FATAL: Module binder_linux not found in directory /lib/modules/3/18.41
ERROR: Binder node "vndbinder" for waydroid not found

it looks like something called anbox-vndbinder,anbox-hwbinder are missing (from linux kernel??)

according to the kernel needs to be built with certain requirements.

if I go to there is some mention of binder linux, but that is for debian. (I see some similar instructions for arch: )

It seems this whole development is quite new, and there is some other interest for waydroid on gemini:

Gemini PDA - Android / VNC client not passing all fn buttons through
« on: November 23, 2020, 11:09:30 am »
Hi all,

I have a raspberry pi 4 with usb-over-ethernet host config [1]

It is possible to vnc directly into the local IP using RealVNC android client.

I am amazed how easy it is to get access to the raspberry pi OS desktop this way, unfortunately most of the fn-keys seem to not honor that the fn button is pressed, and thus, many symbols are unavailable.

I couldn't find any info on VNC clients in the search section, and thought I'd try my luck if any of y'all had some ideas to what the issue is.

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Gemini PDA - Linux / usb ethernet adapter
« on: October 29, 2020, 07:59:25 am »
Hey, this may lean towards a debian question, but I am not sure where to start.

Inspired by this:

I set up a raspberry pi to be a ethernet usb dongle, and I can ssh into it while in android, however on gemian I dont get the ethernet device (I do see the usb device though)

Does anyone have an idea where to start figuring out how to get the gemini to get ethernet working?

Gemini PDA - Linux / Gemian DNS issues
« on: May 14, 2020, 10:46:49 am »
I have a raspberry pi on my local network, and I have a domain name pointing to it for accessing it from outside my home network

If I am on my local net, the domain name does not work, and I need to ssh to the local IP address.

To unify things, I created a DNSmasq on my local router

If I now ssh into the raspberry pi, from any other device than the gemini, it will be a success, as opposed to before I added this DNSmasq. The gemini still does not work.

I tried to compare different files from gemini, to a debian 10 machine, and found that
cat /etc/resolv.conf
on the gemini, where as the debian10 machine has the IP of my router.

Have I accidentally hardcoded googles DNS service somewhere, or did I miss a setting in connman?

will be happy if anyone from this community can help me figure out what I am doing wrong

Gemini PDA - Linux / F-buttons
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:27:10 am »
Some programs like byobu & htop rely on F buttons.

does anyone have a trick to get F-buttons handy?
I was thinking one solutions could be an additional panel (like the default menubar but scrapped for everything) that either autohides or can be invoked, having 12 shortcuts that each acts as a "soft" key.

A cool hardware solution would be to get a bluetooth/usb numpad only keyboard that can send F-key strokes either with a fn type key or some other solution.
this one looks pretty nifty as it seems to double as a usb hub, on the other hand it all adds up in the pocket:

Or is there an even more simple solution like a customizable onsreen keyboard which can display just the desired row of keys?

looking forward to hear any thoughts

Edit: I played around with a few combinations of fn + [shift|crtl|alt] + [1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|0] and maybe that could be used instead.

Gemini PDA - Linux / hibernate vs suspend
« on: April 01, 2020, 01:54:39 pm »
I am pondering,

* what is the best way to store away a folded debian gemini?

1) turn it off

2) suspend

3) hibernate

4) ?

I imagine different solutions have different impact on battery

additionally, I have led on the back flashing between green and blue, would there be a way to switch this to a different color while in a different state?

My gemini does give a notification with both hibernate and suspend, only suspend however actually goes into a black screen.

It also comes very quick back to life as if it was only in a screensaver mode, and when logging in, I get a notification:

[blockquote]"An error occurred starting screensaver. Action 'activate' failed. Ensure you have xscreensaver installed and running"[/blockquote]

hoping to get wiser and maybe learn from some of your experiences.

Astro Slide - Hardware / Does SD card share slot with second SIM card?
« on: March 30, 2020, 11:57:15 am »
It is not crystal clear to me if it is possible to insert two physical SIM cards as well as a micro SD card simultaniously without crafting a custom hybrid microsd/nanosim card with glue and sand paper.


Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Flashing troubles
« on: December 17, 2019, 08:19:41 am »
How do you flash your gemini these days?????

Recently I had trouble to get USB access to the preloader (The USB device that appears the moment Gemini is powered on)

Planet Support mentioned to me in a support email conversation that other users had trouble after recent windows 10 update.
I have been using windows 10 inside a VirtualBox on a MacBook Pro without trouble previously, and suspect my own issue is limited to faulty windows 10 USB drivers.

Planet support suggested as a possible solution, to use windows 7, as this should provide more consistant usb driver support.

From the virtualbox forum there are some situations with USB devices failing to connect on MacOS catalina hosts, this however, should be solved in VirtualBox 6.1.

If I do try to use the flash tool (Newest Win10 as of this date, VirtualBox 6.1 on MacOS catalina host) I manage to get the audible USB-connect notification of Windows at the expected moment when the gemini PDA is turned on and vibrates. From this moment, the gemini however just continues to boot up into the commercial Sailfish OS, which I currently have as a single boot setup.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a solution model here?
* How to obtain correct Win 10 USB drivers?
* How to Roll-Back windows 10 if possible?
* potentially overseen Catalina / VirtualBox issue?
* anything else?


My Experience, running the linux flasher on a Ubuntu Mate 18.04 machine:
I get connection to the preloader, and for 2 seconds, I get the progressbar to reach 100% (Red, does not change to green) with the text: "Download DA 100%" after a while however I just get an error. If I do this with USB2, the error is not specified, but with USB3, I get the following:
Code: [Select]
connect DA end stage: 2, enable DRAM in 1st DA: 0
BROM Exception! ( ERROR : STATUS_PROTOCOL_ERR (-1073676283) , MSP ERROE CODE : 0x00.

Did anybody actually have success flashing from a linux machine, and if so do you have any guidelines to follow?


I would also like to know if any of you otherwise ran into troubles to flash, maybe this can collectively help to pinpoint the issue/affirm the win10 drivers issue.


Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Sailfish Early Access updated to 3.2.0
« on: November 01, 2019, 08:23:51 am »
Release notes:

Jolla Releases Sailfish OS Update 3.2.0 Torronsuo to Early Access Subscribers

The updates introduces new features and improvements for the clock, phone and file manager app. Additionally mobile data should work better with Android apps and dual SIM devices. The memory usage of Sailfish-to-Android contact sync has been improved.

As with every update, a great number of security fixes and fixes for reported bugs were included. Jolla also added the basics of the upcoming SELinux security framework.

Jolla mentions that Torronsuo includes several contributions which were developed by the Russian collaborative partner OMP for Sailfish Mobile OS RUS (Aurora OS).

Since this is an Early Access release, Jolla appreciated feedbacks and proposals which can be posted to
from Sailfish OS News Network [ ]

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Anyone tried the lenovo M14 usb screen?
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:47:33 pm »
Looks fancy, but I worry about power consumption and compatibility:

Has anyone tried this with a gemini?

I have debian on boot 4 (hold both esc + silver)

neither old nor new version of debian boots after I downloaded the new linux image to my gemini.

I want to keep the new linux image for sailfish 3, but I dont get anything happening when trying to boot into debian:
if reuse the old debian image, the blue led just keeps shining, but nothing happens, If I use the "new" debian (Wed Dec 12 10:45:36 2018   a58c0d64312b6626a8bdb2178e1303e7)
the gemini just turns of, or registers the escape button to go into recovery mode.

did anyone else have similar experiences?

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Sailfish X
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:10:25 am »
Just bought it after seeing the press release:

It is not that different from the community edition, but I like to show my support, and to stay in the loop

Gemini PDA - Android / Keyboard Layout vanished
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:55:57 am »
I noticed that US-International keyboard layout is no longer available for the hardware keyboard. did anyone else experience this?

if not, how did you enable it?

I suspect it disappeared in an android update.

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Gemini Nominated for best of 2018
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:45:23 pm »
It was after seeing the gemini in this youtube channel I decided to buy it.
(cool hands-on and review if you never saw them: and )
edit: I just realized that he actually visitted the forums:

I thought this crowd would appreciate to vote:


ps: there also is a lottery for the people voting to which you can get more votes by certain things that gives the site publicity
if you feel like it, you can use this referral link instead of the one above

Referral link:

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