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Gemini PDA - Linux / Userland and VNC
« on: May 13, 2019, 10:39:43 am »
Definitely I found a workaround for Userland (lxde) + VNC:
• using "show virtual keyboard - right below - and then input "special" keys (- ~ ` and those that require FN) with "keyboard icon" of VNC - left up - it works.
I'm using "Gemini Keyboard" (Italian setting) and Gboard as keyboards. I'm using Userland for a complete Debian 9.9 distribution (SSH) and its preconfigured lxde X with VNC in Android Oreo 8.1. The only problem is that the display is too small and I had to use "pinch" to enlarge or shrink too often

Well, now it is simpler to simulate Linux in Android (not rooted) with Userland (and lxde + VNC as X).

Gemini PDA - Linux / Userland and VNC
« on: May 12, 2019, 04:31:23 am »
Quote from: gemini_user_j
Hi, do you know if there is a way to make this also work in UserLAnd on Android?

fn key doesnt change to alternate symbols, but still modifies loudness and brightness, so making o instead of minus

I don't have a simple hint, the problem in Android (in Gemini, still in Oreo 8.1) is that FN key is not handled by graphical modality for Linux emulation. Userland see it in text mode, but not in graphical mode (i.e. lxde).


Gemini PDA - Android / New Gemini App: Airmail. Looks nice.
« on: December 11, 2018, 08:30:46 am »
thank you!
it worked here.


Gemini PDA - Italian / eSIM Italia
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:57:08 am »
Jan Krupa scrive: «Czech T-Mobile recently started to support eSIM on regular phones (not just watches, IoT devices, etc.). If you use their services you can move your regular SIM card to eSIM for free. I tried it on Gemini and.. it works 😀 .. although there is a little glitch during the provisioning. I wrote a step-by-step guide on how to use it with Gemini...». La guida è qui.

Gli operatori italiani questa volta sembrano arretrati: Vodafone mi pare offra eSIM solo per smartwatches, TIM niente, altri non so.
(Lo dovrei scrivere due volte, ora che potrei provare eSIM sia da Gemini sia da iPhone XS).

Se avete novità, per favore, scrivetele anche qui.


Gemini PDA - Linux / VNC: connection refused
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:28:09 am »
I'm trying to VNC from Gemini to a macOS  (Mojave, 10.14.1).
In Gemini Debian TP2 I select the Wi-Fi, installed TigerVNC (vnc4server), typed
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export DISPLAY=:1
To use ssh I had to add "" in the "Nameserver" section of the Wi-Fi configuration...
But the same, in Mac OS, with RealVNC viewer for (the Gemini Debian ip) I get "connection refused".
Code: [Select] am I missing?
thank you


Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Big announcement on 5th November
« on: November 07, 2018, 03:25:30 am »
I agree, Andrew, my greatest preoccupation is that PC should neglect Gemini and mostly development of Linux part, but also Android should go *soon* to Oreo (8) and maybe to v9 (Pie), as 7.1 is nowadays too old...
Often I "play" with Debian in Gemini, but it should be developed in many parts: cellular part, improvements in various other parts... However I like it and I like the possibility for the user to install it at boot.
I tried a few times Sailfish as I know few about, but it is surely a good alternative Linux and also nice to see.
I do hope PC, after this "storm" of news about Cosmo, returns to Gemini with firmware updates and so on
They should also thing whether there is a way to implement a possibility to use OTA also in those systems that are multi boot or "Rooted Android": a lot of users don't try those systems fearing to upgrade Gemini via a program and an USB cable; it would be better to use simply OTA also...
In a word: a more friendly manner to enjoy our Gemini.
Ah, yeah: for now I rest with Gemini and I dear say to say that I like the Gemini look more and more than Cosmo (but I'm a nostalgic "Psionist")


Gemini PDA - Linux / Userland and VNC
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:01:11 pm »
A workaround by Nicholas M. Glykos:
«I have a solution but requires a bit of work. The trick is to run tigervnc with the -RemapKeys flag.

Give it a try with

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vncserver -RemapKeys="0x6F->0x2D"
and you should see that the minus key is mapped correctly. The trouble is that you have to do this for all keys of interest.»

Now, I need to remap, at least, minus "-" (here FN- and tilde "~" (here FN-s)...
Well, the Nicholas' tip continues:
«You do

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apt install vtshowkeys
and then you get the correct codes from the proper termux terminal.
Then you open aterm, run again vtshowkeys and get the wrong ones. And then you add all these in the RemapKeys flags, place it in .bashrc and you are done.»

Gemini PDA - Linux / Userland and VNC
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:16:21 pm »
ok, I was able to go in VNC so:
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export DISPLAY=:1In VNC:
Code: [Select] now I've a high resolution but low color depth (256?): how can I enable full color?  EDIT: I got full color setting
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vncserver -depth 32 (instead of 24) in UserLAnd.

Then, I've now a limited keyboard: I can type "/" but not "-", "~" and all symbols with FN in my Italian keyboard (with XSDL I had problems also with /).
The rest is ok!
The keyboard should be Gemini (Italian) as set in Android and it is ok in UserLand text only shell, but in X is not possible to use all the symbols with FN key.

Any help?


Gemini PDA - Italian / Il Cosmo a portata di mano
« on: November 05, 2018, 05:26:33 am »
ci sono cose che mi attirano e altre no, compreso il prezzo per cui nemmeno io me la sento di finanziare, almeno ora.
Spero solo che ora non abbandonino lo sviluppo del Gemini, soprattutto software: Oreo diventa impellente, visto che già c'è Android 9, una versione di Debian più potente, integrata e con supporto telefonico, per esempio; poi Sailfish 3 per chi lo usa. Particolarmente gradita, dal mio punto di vista, sarebbe un'opzione di aggiornamento OTA funzionante anche per sistemi con multi boot e rooted Android, anche perché tra il rilascio di un nuovo firmware e la disponibilità dei files per l'aggiornamento automatico a volte passano pure 15 giorni...
Detto questo, una tastiera retroillumieata, più RAM, fotocamera migliore ecc... certo sono benvenute...
Riconsidererò il mio pensiero più in là, magari.
Intanto vi dico che personalmente preferisco più lo stile di Gemini, più "Psion like", ma è un'opinione, appunto, personale.


Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Big announcement on 5th November
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:20:44 am »
Cosmo, for me, for now it can wait...
I hope they don't neglect Gemini and its software development.


Gemini PDA - Linux / Userland and VNC
« on: November 03, 2018, 06:57:06 pm »
Hi, please,
I need some hints to use X server with UserLAnd (Debian 9.5) inside Android with VNC, as I don't want use XSDL server for now...
I've UserLand already configured, installed vnc4server and ip =, then Real VNC in the Gemini.
How can I configure to see X server (graphic) in VNC (Gemini)?
And how to do to connect from another VNC viewer, for example from macOS?

Thank you


PS: sorry for the OT: not Gemini-Debian

Gemini PDA - Android / New firmware with date 2018-10-31
« on: November 03, 2018, 02:19:40 pm »
Quote from: gymbo
It also seems I now have more reliable/correct saving/editing of files on SD-card again too!!!

and very well! :-)

Gemini PDA - Android / New firmware with date 2018-10-31
« on: November 01, 2018, 03:27:22 pm »
Quote from: zsalab2
Have run the update, SIM card was ok after restart.

(Previously I had to manually set the SIM after each reset.)

Well, it could be only this bug correction, that, however, is a good thing!


Gemini PDA - Android / New firmware with date 2018-10-31
« on: November 01, 2018, 09:49:28 am »
Quote from: gymbo
You might consider changing the topic of this thread to something like "New firmware 2018-10-31", as there are beginning to be quite a few "New firmware" or similar threads here now...

ok, indeed.


Gemini PDA - Android / New firmware with date 2018-10-31
« on: November 01, 2018, 09:24:27 am »
Quote from: mggr
I've updated, appears to be a quick patch, there were no update notes or long winded out process of a normal firmware update. Took about 3 minutes.

Only thing I've notice is that after the restart I haven't had to change the calls sim choice from Card2 back to 3UK. That bug which existed since last backup.

Would guess it just a quick bug fix patch?

Perhaps it is only a bug fix release, then.

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