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ArchiMark
Posted on: Oct 8 2019, 06:44 PM





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QUOTE(MonkeyControl @ Oct 8 2019, 05:54 PM) *
QUOTE(irukandji @ Oct 9 2019, 05:54 AM) *
Is anyone here aware of what is existing Linux support for Cosmo Communicator hardware, especially mediatek. My main reason for backing up Cosmo was running linux on my phone. I am sick of android and its toxic software world and I would really be happy to remove google out of my life without building roms and wasting hell of a lot of time on configuring netguard/xprivacy lua, reversing apps that I would like to have but don't offer non google play payment etc., but I am worried the PC wont deliver this... =/

From the Planet website: https://store.planetcom.co.uk/products/cosmo-communicator

"Platform
OS: Currently supporting Android OS.
*Planned support for Sailfish, Linux Debian and Linux Kali."

I'm not sure what the asterisk is referring to, as it's the only one I could find on the page.
-----------------
Also, another webpage: https://www.www3.planetcom.co.uk/devices-specification

"Multi-Boot
Additional Sailfish, Linux Debian and Kali TBA"
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The Indiegogo page states
"Cosmo runs Android 9 (Pie) and also supports Linux OS, such as Sailfish OS and Debian, with a multi-boot option"
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[ Snip.....]





Pretty sure that Planet means that support for the other OS's is planned, but not available right when Cosmo's are first released. They are giving themselves wiggle room for when the first Cosmo's get shipped.

Hopefully, it won't be too long of a wait......as I use Debian on my Gemini and would like to do the same on my Cosmo.

Mark

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Posted on: Sep 30 2019, 10:45 AM





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Thanks, Varti!

Think I see my Cosmo.....

smile.gif


Mark
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ArchiMark
Posted on: Sep 22 2019, 07:04 PM





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Yes, lot's of people did the swap....

Worked great....

Not hard, but just be careful opening up your Z, removing the MicroDrive, installing the CF card, and putting it back to together.

Mark
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Sorry, in midst of deadline at work, but quick note to say that I have not had problem with wifi......have you been using ConnMan app?

Works fine for me with wifi....

If I get more may be able to reply further...

Best,

Mark
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Posted on: Sep 20 2019, 02:35 PM





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Been a few years, but I'm pretty sure I was using the DLink card when I used Arch Linux ARM.
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ArchiMark
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Hi,

Sailfish is pretty looking, but I found it 'half baked solution'.

Debian works great as of TP2 version....

Key improvement for me was changing display to as as a big touchpad. Therefore, no longer need to use a mouse. Much better and more practical for me.

Check out the thread here about updating display usage.

Have a pocket size desktop computer now....

smile.gif

Mark
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ArchiMark
Posted on: Sep 12 2019, 06:26 AM





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Good points, mithrandir and maki.jouni....

Since I ordered mine first week of June, I'm guessing I'll see mine in October hopefully.....

We shall see.....



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ArchiMark
Posted on: Sep 11 2019, 07:46 AM





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And more info from Planet's recent Week 42 Update....

Based upon them saying they have 4000 PCB's, assume it means the 'first batch' to ship out will have 4000 Cosmo's minus some used for testing or don't meet specs, etc.

So, if your order is within this number of units, you should be getting one from first batch I think.....

We shall see.....

smile.gif

Mark


QUOTE
Production has started!

Big news! We have started production!

Production has indeed started this week, with 4000 Cosmo PCBs being produced this week.

First Cosmo units are now scheduled to be assembled next week and the assembly and packaging schedules will continue during all of September.

We now expect that the first Cosmo Communicator perks will be shipped out to backers in about two weeks.
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QUOTE(AGdesigns-NL @ Sep 11 2019, 03:58 AM) *
Hi guys (i'm new here happy.gif )
I just received a mail from Planet stating they expect the Cosmo will be ready for shipping end of this month (Order placed in Juli) so the brexit wont be an issue. They will send us the tracking details once it is shipper. So fingers crossed that there wont be a delay rolleyes.gif .


Welcome to the club!

To clarify, think Planet said in recent update that the 'first batch' of Cosmos will start shipping by end of the month. However, depending upon the total number of orders and where you are in the order queue, you may or may not get your Cosmo from the first batch. If not, yours could be from the next batch.

And to be clear, I'm not saying whether you will or won't get one from the first batch. Just trying to explain how this works for you and otheres.

Hope this makes sense.

Mark
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QUOTE(drpeter @ Aug 16 2019, 04:14 PM) *
Latest update is up....

Looks like all is on schedule for manufacture last week in August! rolleyes.gif


Yes, indeed.....

Looks good in the video....

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Posted on: Jul 17 2019, 08:22 PM





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Thanks for sharing.

Very helpful!

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Posted on: Jul 16 2019, 06:40 AM





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QUOTE(drpeter @ Jul 15 2019, 11:15 PM) *
QUOTE(Pikku-iikka @ Jul 16 2019, 05:46 AM) *
QUOTE(drpeter @ Jul 15 2019, 05:58 AM) *
Latest update from PC indicates that all Cosmos will have the original spec 'Space Grey' panels. This is a slight disappointment to those who liked the look of the 'Prototype Metallic Blue' seen in recent updates.

Andrew over on the IndieGogo forum has apparently successfully pimped his Gemini with the type of durable vinyl adhesive wrap used on cars.

Anyone else had experience of this, or similar?

For me it is good news hearing of the panel color. Do not like the blue variant. But it is not that difficult to change the panel colours to what ever you prefer. You need either some painting experience (preferably from modelling) or could even do the job with vinyl adhesives. I think the job would be something like decorating a part of a car etc, which I have done a few times. Laying down letters etc. You do not have to buy a whole roll for the job, just take exact measures and order the actual sheets on-line. Best to look for a company that is reliable and uses class products (not the cheapest maybe). Sorry, can not help you with companies, because I live in a different part of the world, but even in this distant and quiet environment there are several entrepreneurs offering their help.

Before measuring, I would be waiting the Cosmo of course to be sure if class A decorating would need separating some parts of it...


Thanks. I'll definitely be taking a good look at the actual grey finish close-up before even thinking about doing anything different. I suspect I'll end up keeping it as-is. I doubt any kind of paint would stand up to the friction and humidity of regular pocket wear, hence my vague interest in the possible vinyl solution...


Have a feeling everyone will forget about the color issue once they have their lil' Cosmo in their hands and are mesmerized by the external display......

So, don't forget to open up the clamshell and have fun with it that way too!

smile.gif

Mark
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Posted on: Jul 11 2019, 11:56 AM





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QUOTE(MonkeyControl @ Jul 11 2019, 12:46 PM) *
A message from "The other side", (indiegogo)...
QUOTE(Planet Computers : 1 hour ago)
Big Cosmo backer update coming end of the day tomorrow!



Standing by......

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Posted on: Jul 2 2019, 09:07 AM





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Sorry to hear you're leaving....and thank you for your contributions to the Gemini community.

Did you think about the Cosmo, as it will have a much higher resolution camera?

Best,

Mark
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QUOTE(csaunders @ Jun 30 2019, 05:44 PM) *
QUOTE(ArchiMark @ Jul 1 2019, 12:20 PM) *
I really only use Debian, as to me Sailfish looks pretty, but the community version that is my only option, seems light on programs available.
... This made all the difference to me in making Debian a great OS on Gemini.


I like the idea of using Debian on the device, particularly as I have prior experience with Debian back in early 2000's, so apart from learning a desktop UI there's not too much of a learning curve for me (I used to be a Unix sysadmin a long time ago)...

*But* I've come to really appreciate a simple constrained mature UI and the typical tools that sit on top of the Linux / GNU suite are often not very mature. (at least historically they weren't).

Whilst I could use vi to act as my editor I'm not keen to struggle along with the core apps that form part of a standard PDA suite, e.g. mail and calendar and contacts synchronization, which I'm guessing is very mature on Android and still lacking in Debian (the synchronization part not the front-end part).

I use google as my cloud integration engine so for me the synchronization part is usually easy and I've no wish to go back to the dark ages of double-ups on my entire 1000+ entry address book.


Sounds like you've been away from linux / Debian for a long time....if so, your assumptions are out of date.....

Linux / Debian tools in general, are very mature, and compare quite favorably to those found on Windows and Macs. I can say that as my work computers run Win 10 and my main home computer runs Mac OSX and have a few other little laptops running Win 10 and dual boot with Linux Mint 19.1.

Also, please note that the lead Debian developer for the Gemini version of Debian called 'Gemian', has provided some versions of programs to be somewhat similar to the old PSION programs. Of course, you can use various other programs available such as Evolution or Kontact or Kontact-KDE Organizer, etc.

You can sync mail and calendar with Google using Thunderbird.

You can sync contacts with Gnome Online Accounts app.

There are also lots of other editors available than vi too.....

Etc, etc....

Obviously, you should use whatever OS you prefer.....

The Android apps work for their intended purposes, I'm just hesitant due to all the google and app developer tracking that goes on.



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QUOTE(csaunders @ Jun 30 2019, 05:05 PM) *
QUOTE(ArchiMark @ Jun 29 2019, 05:07 AM) *
Triple booting Android(rooted), Sailfish, and Debian...so, very versatile !


Hi ArchiMark, what's the Sailfish and Debian o/s experience like for 'awake' from sleep? Is it as good as Daniel reports for Android?


I really only use Debian, as to me Sailfish looks pretty, but the community version that is my only option, seems light on programs available.

And not interested in all the google stuff related to Android....

Debian is very quick to respond when I open up the display, almost instant.....

I use the stock setup with lockscreen.

That image shows up almost instant, then I type in my login password and hit enter.

If you want to instantly go to work, then you can disable lockscreen.

If you use Debian, and want to not use a USB mouse, then highly recommend following instructions in the linux section to be able to use the screen as a 'trackpad' with your finger. Works great after you use it for a day and get used to it. finger moves the cursor around on screen and then you can tap on screen to hit a button or icon, etc, and even double-tap to open up something. So, I don't use a mouse anymore. This made all the difference to me in making Debian a great OS on Gemini.

Hope this helps.

Mark



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Posted on: Jun 28 2019, 09:07 AM





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csaunders,

Think a lot of good points have already been made....

Overall, I've been very pleased with Gemini and keyboard, etc.

Triple booting Android(rooted), Sailfish, and Debian...so, very versatile !

Please note that the PSION's were quite different devices than Gemini due to different OS's, different displays, and connectivity options, etc.

Gemini (and soon, Cosmo), are not PSION's. Only real connection between them is having same keyboard/hinge designer. Other than that, they're really different devices.

Mark

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Posted on: Jun 28 2019, 06:54 AM





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Hi,

Have ordered a new Cosmo, so, decided to part with my Gemini and 'All In Bundle' package I purchased.

In excellent condition. Gemini has only been very lightly used as I have a lot of other little mini mobile computing devices and I take good care of devices. Display has screen protector on it.

The 'All In Bundle' package includes everything you see in photos and listed below:

Gemini PDA WiFi+4G

Gemini Leather Pouch

Gemini USB-C Hub

Gemini HDMI Video Cable

Gemini USB-C Mains Charger (2) (US Plug)

Gemini Cover Removal Tool

In addition, the camera add-on is included in sale


HDMI Adapter and Camera packages have never been opened or used.


To be clear, this package includes two (2) AC chargers (US plug). The one shown in photo with boxes has never been used.


Currently, the Gemini is setup to triple boot Android (rooted), Sailfish, and Debian.


This 'All In Bundle' package on the Gemini Indiegogo page goes for $710 and camera was $50.

So, I'm in this for $810 including shipping.

Yours for only $529 shipped USPS Priority Mail within Continental USA. This is 35% off of what you'd pay on Indiegogo. So, low-ballers please do not contact me.

Final reduction $489 shipped USPS Priority Mail within Continental USA.

* If your ship-to address is outside Continental USA, then please send me message (do not post here) your city, country, and postal code and I'll provide you shipping options (trackable only) and costs.

Accept PayPal for payment.


*** Please message me, do not post here, if you have comments, questions, etc. and I will answer you promptly.


Thanks,

Mark

















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QUOTE(jankratochvil @ Jun 28 2019, 01:38 AM) *
QUOTE(drpeter @ Jun 26 2019, 03:05 AM) *
From a PR perspective however, since the external screen is such a seminal feature of the Cosmo


I find just the camera matters, I would even prefer it without the external screen making the phone bigger+heavier.


Certainly, a reasonable idea, but it sounds like it would be a Gemini II, not a Cosmo....

Mark
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Sounds like pretty good news to me...

Thanks for sharing, Daniel!

Mark
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QUOTE(Cyril @ Jun 24 2019, 05:44 AM) *
[SNIP....]

Is Gemian a separate project from the Planet Computer's Debian image, or are they the same ? I'm digging for information on installing phone capabilities on Linux, on KDE would be my preference. The moment I get the Cosmo in my hands, I'll try to write a script to streamline the phone set-up on a Cosmo, if not already done. A new Cosmo user would be depressed at the idea to have to set up by himself the (limited) phone side on Linux, and would switch back quickly to the easiest : Android.


Gemian is the Debian image for the Gemini....headed up by Adam Boardman, who posts in the Gemini - Linux forum section....

There is a Gemian set of webpages on the image, with lots of good info....also, there are a few 'keyboard apps' that have been made for us to try too. Similar to the old Psion apps for calendar, database, etc.

Check it out.....

Mark
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Thanks for the great idea, drpeter!

Look forward to some lively Cosmo discussion here....

Mark
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QUOTE(Varti @ Jun 21 2019, 12:39 AM) *
QUOTE(MonkeyControl @ Jun 21 2019, 09:34 AM) *
Cosmo Communicator Campaign - Week 32 Update

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-co...or#/updates/all

In the video they are making an emergency call... I hope that the antenna was attached to a network simulator with the device being registered on it and not on a live network smile.gif

Varti


Either that or in the next update video, we'll see the fire truck arrive and put the fire out on the Cosmo.......

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Congrats!

Did you get the base with Celeron or the 8100Y model?

You're right about backlit keyboard, somehow I missed that when I first read about it....

However, unlike One Netbook 3/3S, it has eMMC storage.....will be interesting to see some tests on it.

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Yes, indeed.....

Well, you know what they say, "What goes around, comes around...".

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