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29 Mar 2020
I got spam from Indiegogo about Planet's next project:


Considering that Cosmo is "just out" I don't think I'll be shelling money just yet...
28 Mar 2020
Hi, what would be the best tool for backing up and restoring Android?

I'm planning to migrate my Cosmo from roll-my-own to Planet's official rooted Android, now that we know that it's the way to go for seamless OTA upgrades.

Anyway, I'd rather not use Google Drive because of, well, Google, and also, as far as I know, it will *not* include all data.

What would be the "best" tool to grab all data off the phone to PC and restore it back in? I cannot just take an image because, well, the partitions are going to change.

The other possibility is that I simply take backups of contents of specific applications where the settings matter, namely
- Nova Launcher
- Termux scripts
- Photos & other content

...but I'm afraid I'll miss something. Any recommendations?
27 Mar 2020
Has someone here rooted Android using Planet's official images


updated from V19 to V20 OTA successfully? Did it "just work"?

If Planet's official rooted images can be updated like that, then I just might move back from roll-my-own roots to official ones...
6 Mar 2020
I've successfully been running rooted Android (see https://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=35879 ) and it has given no issues. I'm now running V19 of the firmware.

In latest Indiegogo update (#47), Planet is telling that they'll provide a new update this month.

I've rooted my phone using magiskmanager to create custom boot image and then flashed that using fastboot. I can roll back to unrooted version, upgrade the phone, grab the new image using spflashtool and root again.

However: since planet is going to fix the problem with SIM cards in their new rooted Android, it might be that this is a prudent time to migrate.
Looking at planet's instructions at http://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/Linux_for_Cosmo raises some questions.

- The instructions do not have any steps to unlock the bootloader. Are Planet's images signed, meaning that if you use them, you can actually use locked bootloader? I'm just thinking that from security perspective it might be nice to require a signed image so nothing can flash over it - and you get rid of the 5 second message on boot about this being untrusted. I'm assuming they are signed, but can you please confirm this?
- How do OTA upgrades work with Planet's rooted Android? My assumption is that you can just boot using the unrooted partition, do the OTA upgrade, then (hopefully) grab a new version of rooted boot image from Planet and install that. They need to provide the image due to signing requirement.
- The partitioning section states that "If you select to reserve some space for Linux, 4 additional partitions will be created: ". What if I *don't* want to allocate any space for Linux? I'm happy with 100% Android (With the Devuan set up on the memory card). How do you install TWRP or the rooted Android if you don't allocate any space for Linux and therefore don't create the partition structure given in the article?

The last one is the one I'm most concerned about...
27 Feb 2020
I got myself the Planet USB Hub today. USB ports work, but how do I utilize the Ethernet port under Android.

In termux,

lsusb says that it's a "Realtek Semiconductor RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet adapter".
And device eth0 does appear.

However, is there any other way to configure this than via command line?
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