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Cool! thanks for the tip!

Meanwhile I came across VMware Horizon, which has the following troubles:

: becomes ;
{ becomes [
} becomes ]
+ becomes =
/ becomes ?
_ becomes -
< becomes ,
> becomes .
~ becomes `
" becomes '

This is only true for the internal keyboard, and an external one works, but an external keyboard kind of defeats the purpose of the gemini when on the go :/

(I have US english layout btw)

Gemini PDA - Android / Re: Official Gemini HDMI Cable Not Working
« on: June 17, 2021, 03:44:07 pm »
Hi I also came to this conclusion, I can reccomend an app from the f droid store to do the rotation, last post here:

cheers :)

looking for this:

I dont remember having any problems,

have you followed theses instructions?

(if not you should consider using https instead of regular http)

Check out "US International" as a keyboard layout, you will need to learn the position of the characters you need, then you just hold ALT for the given letter, like e.g. ü and you get it directly (no pre-push to first add ¨ and then u) if you need uppercase, you just hold ALT + SHIFT.

this may be a viable alternative for you


Gemini PDA - Hardware / Re: Bricked pda on Factory reset
« on: November 25, 2020, 06:42:13 am »

Did you try booting it up while holding down:


silver voice assist button?

esc + silver voice assist button?

if none of that responds you could take a look here

I had trouble with mine after having a singleboot Sailfish installation, and I could not even flash with my Mac and Virtualbox like I used to do it. I tried a few linux distros as well as windows 10, and I only got success while flashing in windows 7.

Gemini PDA - Android / Re: Displaylink and Android 8.1
« on: November 24, 2020, 09:44:21 am »
Hi all,
in case anyone cares, I discovered the fix for misrotation of HDMI output;

go to Settings > Apps & Notifications, App bar, Disable.

Obviously, you lose the app bar, so to get this going, you need to find alternatives for what you were using the app bar for & whatever features are otherwise integrated here.

It looks like there are Apps from F-Droid that allows some rotation customization as well as some app shortcut drawers, I haven't checked any of them out yet though. [edit]Reasonable alternative to screen rotation: Tap 'n' Turn (Confirm before the screen orientation gets applied) -[/edit]

@Varti, I decided to update this topic instead of the other since it is an android specific solution only


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.

[1] -

Gemini PDA - Linux / Re: Final call for TP3
« on: November 23, 2020, 10:59:19 am »
I think Nikita sent it to Davide a wee while back and its now on the new v8 partition tool:

I've not managed to test it yet as I updated my Ubuntu on my desktop and it won't flash any more for me. I'm probably still working on other stuff for a couple of weeks but will probably get back to working on TP4 (buster based) in due course.
@Adam Boardman, long time ago you wrote this ;).
I know you're very busy - but any thoughts making a TP4 (buster based) ::)?

Many thanks Gabriel

If such an update is in the making that would be amazing :)

Gemini PDA - Linux / Re: usb ethernet adapter
« on: November 03, 2020, 05:35:27 pm »
After a bit of research, I am suspecting that cdc_ether [1] is missing from the gemian kernel.

Anyone know if that is something I can add myself?
I dont see any linux-kernel-extras which might contain it.


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 - Hardware / Re: HDMI not working
« on: September 01, 2020, 07:18:33 am »
My guess is that all the monitors/TVs you have tested might get confused by the unusual resolution of the rotated screen. We might be able to test this in this way: try to plug the HDMI cable while the Gemini is showing the lock screen, the screen should be shown correctly in landscape mode, as explained here:

For now the only solution seems to be to go back to Android 7, although it's a less than ideal solution. Another solution might be to try to find an app which manages to always force the display in landscape mode. There might be many apps which control the rotation, but only a few of them might work with the HDMI output too.


hi, just to clarify the photos I uploaded in the other post as I didn't mention it before: If I use the integrated force rotate, the display on the device will switch to portrait mode, and the image displayed on the external monitor will still only be shown on the same part of the monitor and then reflect the portrait mode on the gemini (I dont remember if this was even up-side down)

[edit] solved for android 8.1:

Quote from: idc
Quote from: gabs5807
Strange information  . Why did SailfishOS (community port and 'official' Jolla version run on gemini PDA?
Both are linux and have access to cellular data   . Or what means '... no way to enable cellular data ...'?

At the moment i did not have a SIM Card at my Gemini PDA, so i cannot verify that 'enable mobile data transfer' did work on the latest version.
But i remember that on earlier SailfishX versions it did work ...

On Cosmo forum i read, linux have access to phone and SMS (no mobile data transfer until now).

Mobile data is definitely working on current version of Sailfish. It has kept me working from home via my data plan through 12 weeks of lockdown. I haven't made much use of the Gemian linux; but I thought that I'd read that some people had data working. I think Edward's quote above may be out of date. It was posted some time ago.
My understanding is that Planet are planning to release further work on Linux for Cosmo once they've got the latest Android update out of the way (which I believe has been promised for Monday). Sailfish (which depends on the Linux kernel) will then follow.
I'm hoping this isn't further derailed by covid/lockdown, etc.

Can confirm date through sim card works on Gemian.

As regarding android update I asked for the hdmi output on android 8.1, and got a reply that a new android update would be released soon with a bugfix to the 90 degree screen rotation of external monitor.

given that they will release a fix for cosmo in the upcoming week, maybe there is a chance that gemini can get some maintenance

Gemini PDA - Android / Displaylink and Android 8.1
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:02:20 am »
Hey, I just tested the official HDMI adapter on standard non rooted android 8.1 and it works fine to transmit image.

I do however get a quirk that only displays the correct orientation while on lock screen mode. Once logging in I get a 90º rotation of the mirrored image, wasting much space on my screen and also requires turning my head or monitor.

the "Force rotate" rotates the content of the embedded screen and mirror that to be displayed on the monitor, but still only in the middle of the big monitor.

While changing states in "force rotate" as well as just before going to lockscreen and screen turns off due to inactivity, the monitor flashes the full monitor correctly for less than a second.

[edit]just to clarify: If I use the integrated force rotate, the display on the device will switch to portrait mode, and the image displayed on the external monitor will still only be shown on the same part of the monitor and then reflect the portrait mode on the gemini (I dont remember if this was even up-side down)[/edit]

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 / apt update frozen on gemian kernel repo
« on: May 09, 2020, 05:20:33 pm »
Quote from: mithrandir
For me apt update froze while processing the gemini-linux-kernel-3.18-stretch repository:

root@gemini:/etc/apt/sources.list.d# apt update
Hit:1 stretch/updates InRelease
Hit:4 stretch-backports InRelease                                    
Ign:5 stretch InRelease                                  
Hit:6 stretch Release
0% [Working]^C            

For me this got solved by installing http-transport-https:

  apt install apt-transport-https

Maybe there is some new https redirect on the server.


Did you get the newest archive key from  ?

[edit] I just did an `apt update` with a similar stalling, and I think I misunderstood your solution to a problem as a question. Thanks for the tip![/edit]

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