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> Testing TP2, lock-on-close-lid and brightness not working
psionlover
post Mar 25 2019, 11:42 AM
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A year ago I did a lot of testing on my gemini linux device and finally left it alone, because it did not work for the (very limited) use case I need it for. After a year I had some spare time and blew the dust from my gemini. The good news is that I made some progress and have more hope to use the gemini for my daily life. I want to use the gemini just offline and sync it with my desktop while being at home:
- agenda, contacts, tasks
- notes taking and text editing
- basic (osm) maps (foxtrotgps seems to fit the bill)
- music listening
- reading and annotating books and articles
Syncing is really a pain in the arse. Many progs don't like interference with their data from external systems. Other programs (like evolution) just refuse to work if there is no connection with a (caldev or carddev) server. I finallly found some very down to earth progs which just take what they are offered as data (calcurse, abook, wikidpad) and I succesfully using them for a while now. But I still have quite a few hick-ups which I hope you can help me with. I have TP2 installed and as far as I know I installed everything like I should. I did not use the flashtool to make a new image. Just upgraded from TP1. My main problem is that lock-on-close-lid is not working. I made sure 'enable lid watcher' is off as I understand it would interfere with 'xss-lock gemian-lock'. Another thing is that brightness is not working (not by 'Lxqt settings', nor by using Fn-N/Fn-B ). It used to work, I am not aware to have changed something.

If someone can give me hints I would very much like to hear.
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Adam Boardman
post Mar 25 2019, 02:06 PM
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There is minimal difference between TP1-3, in terms of installing fresh or upgrading. However you do need to install one of gemian-desktop/gemian-desktop-wifi/gemian-desktop-minimal if you want to keep uptodate with improvements (the main things you would be missing are the kernel and the lxc android system.img). Other than that the only other thing to update is the bootloader and the change in that is the passing of the parameter to indicate which boot partition you booted from, so will always have to manually 'dd' your kernel updates (we plan to make that automatic in the future but for now everyone has to do that manually anyway and the partition layout changed TP1->2 with the addition of the extra boot partition for the other key combination). So there is really no point in worrying about the bootloader being old for technically minded folk.

In terms of your syncing, we have gka-calendar-qt and gka-contacts-qt as custom keyboard friendly UI's that store data in the evolution backend, which supports sync with various protocols, you should be able to configure that using regular debian tools (syncevolution etc). Google results indicate a few options for syncevolution between two computers and also rsync of the files if you really cannot get it to work and only change things on one or other at a time.

We recently got the stereo audio working and also the keepalive on closed so audio should be much improved. GPS is still not started, nor is the alarm on sleep working, both need investigation.

The keyboard shortcuts can get confused (lxqt bug whereby if it cannot find the key once it drops it), its generally best to just delete your users ~/.config/lxqt/globalkeyshorcuts.conf file whilst not logged in as a UI user (ie via ssh), then login for it to re-generate from the package version.
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