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Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Sailfishos for early access
« on: October 12, 2020, 03:13:58 am »
SailfishX (name for the paid version) update to is available for early access users. The release is not far away. It is still very nice on the gemini PDA if you do some fixing yourself:
  • use 'Default allowed orientations patch' with patchmanger3 and fix it to landscape inverted with 'dconf write /desktop/sailfish/silica/default_allowed_orientations 8' (use terminal for the command)
  • don't forget to switch wifi off if you don't need it to save a lot of battery
Looks like quirks and bugs get never fixed in future. But it is the best OS for me on this device. Give it a try if you have not done until now.

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Re: Dosbox
« on: October 12, 2020, 02:58:34 am »
Sad to see it's all dead here.  :(


I tested it today, you can modify a scatter file and do a fresh firmware download (flash). Now I have a boot2 with 32GB and boot3 with 32GB. You can see changes I made to partitons (linux, boot2 and boot3) in the diff file.

After flash I restored my tar backups (SFOS, gemian) and TWRP backup from android 7.1. ATM ererything is booting and working.

Next step is upgrade to buster. BTW I start gemian from microsd card (/dev/planetlinux/gemian).

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Dosbox
« on: November 28, 2019, 10:32:14 am »
Quote from: idc
Assertion failure at SDL_SetWindowIconREAL (/home/abuild/rpmbuild/BUILD/SDL2-2.0.9+git3/SDL2/src/video/SDL_video.c:1772), triggered 1 time: 'window && window->magic == &_this->window_magic'

Yup, I have the same issue with SFOS and the dosbox. Looks like something in SDL lib changed.
@vader, where can I find your source code, may be a compile on my Gemini with can fix it.

Edit: May I ask again for the source code, I want to try to recomlile dosbox. Same issue with SFOS v3.2.1.19.

Gemini PDA - Android / Degoogling Gemini PDA
« on: August 01, 2019, 11:31:23 am »
Thanks, but I cannot read anything too. Can you give us a howto, please?

maybe this PDF can help you. I printed it from the authors website (it is down).

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Gemini PDA - Android / AOSP build?
« on: June 27, 2019, 07:06:45 am »
Quote from: Roger
I'd love a gapps-less android build for the gemini. Any chance we could get a vanilla build? Personally I don't mind if it's for 7.1.1 or 8.1; I'd just like a more minimal starting point.
Me too.

Maybe you know this because its on There is a lineageos 14 port (nougat / 7.1) but ril does not work and it seems to be dead.

The android 8.1 kernel sources are released from Planet less than a day ago. Maybe someone can use them to build an AOSP.

Gemini PDA - Linux / Final call for TP3
« on: June 06, 2019, 12:23:36 pm »
Quote from: Adam Boardman
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.

But it is without lvm support.

Gemini PDA - Linux / Final call for TP3
« on: May 02, 2019, 03:45:33 pm »
sailfishos and gemian are working fine with lvm.

Funny: under settings storage I now have an 'unmounted memory card (ext3) gemian'.

Gemini PDA - Linux / Final call for TP3
« on: April 30, 2019, 04:55:51 pm »
Quote from: Adam Boardman
I messed up those images, so some new ones apologies if you downloaded them already.

You'll need an SD card/USB memory stick with a partition containing:You may omit NEW_LV_SIZE from the config to allow the new volume to take the remaining space after the home partition is reduced in size. Though having both smaller and then online growing whichever happens to need extra space first might be a nice way to use the system.

You may also omit LV_TO_REDUCE_NAME from the config if you already have enough space available in your volume group.

You'll need to flash/dd a new boot image:This time I have test it, granted on a slightly different setup, I put an SD card in, created a LVM VG of planetlinux (the scripts prefer this to sailfishos though should boot/install to whichever is available), I then inserted a USB memory stick with the config & img files (FAT32 commented out the TO_REDUCE lines as with a fresh VG there is nothing to reduce), flashed the boot image to my choice of bootX and rebooted into that with the appropriate key combination. It took just under an hour for the actual install to happen, uncertain if that is due to the XZ compression applied to the image or the slowness of my SD/USB cards. This does of course mean that you could create the LVM setup on a desktop with a SD card reader and just do the flash/dd of the boot image on the device. I could write either of these up in more detail if needed. Its also occurred to me that you don't need to name the new LV in the config file as that is set from the cmdline inside the boot image which was one of the issues I had before where the config was making a different LV to the one the boot image was going to try to boot.

gabs5807 - given your current selection of boots (your using all of them) you'll have to sacrifice one, I'd probably drop TWRP to start with myself... but whatever you use the least.

Something I've noticed with this fresh image is that the QTerminal console fonts seem to be lacking a bunch of characters, fn+y|u, shift+fn+y|u etc gave you arrow pictures in different directions, now they give nothing. Must be a package missing from the minimal desktop install.

I did a test and put the gemian-config.txt and gemian-stretch.img.xz into filesystem root of my sdcard. dd linux-boot-lvm-gemian.img to boot2. On first boot it said: Panic cannot resize home.

I restartet sailfishos and did the resize manualy: lvm <enter>; lvresize --size 16G /dev/sailfish/home. commented LV_TO_REDUCE_* out and did a restart. It installed debian and booted it.

Next I will restore my old debian (have a tar) into the lvm gemian partition and hope it will boot too.

Very nice start, only resize does not work. Happy to have a  lvm gemian.

I had tested 2 other varaints:
 1. build an image file of lvm sailfishos and did a loop mount at initramfs. Worked, but on update it writes a nwe boot image to boot and did not find original lvm. I had to build a new boot image myself.
 2. moved all from lvm to .stowaways (like before). sailfishos did not show the system storege under settings storage and disabled backup before update. But updates still works. The boot partition was not updated, I had to build the image with stowaways support manualy and dd it.

I think with gemian lvm sailfishos updates will work like they should.

But we still have the update dilemma for this multiboot environment: Every automatic updated operation system tries to write to boot (1st boot partiton).

edit: how it looks atm:
  ACTIVE            '/dev/sailfish/root' [5.86 GiB] inherit
  ACTIVE            '/dev/sailfish/home' [16.00 GiB] inherit
  ACTIVE            '/dev/sailfish/gemian' [16.00 GiB] inherit

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Linux Flashing Guide
« on: February 16, 2019, 04:14:19 am »
put the 2 image files for sailfishos into the folder with the scatter txt file.

short: put em one up.

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Mini review
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:24:23 am »
no, not atm. You can stay with as well, not realy a difference. You will lose debian because the PC version uses lvm for the linux partition. Maybe later if the licensed parts are available (eas, xt9, alien dalvik). Soon, this summer... hopefuly.

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Mini review
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:25:11 pm »
made a cite to your review on

(look at Conclusion:
    it is beta (most known bugs still there), nice list for still valid,)

Thank you.

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / SailfishOS released by Jolla
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:21:37 pm »
The new version announced at planet support page is version This was a cbeta version for testers only and maybe closed.

I updated the wiki on Updating to the public released version (for XA2 official) is a good way to make it work. The adaptation version for the gemini is after the update (settings->About product: Device adaptation:

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / SailfishOS released by Jolla
« on: January 29, 2019, 10:44:47 am »
Maybe this question on tjc has something to do with your problems since 15th of January.

The answer of Jolla admin tells something about 'configuration change'. Hopefuly its not because of my hack. ;-) Remember: it's a hack to go from the community version to the Jolla beta (maybe early release) and maybe not everybody likes it.

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