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14 May 2020
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
3 Apr 2020
Some programs like byobu & htop rely on F buttons.

does anyone have a trick to get F-buttons handy?
I was thinking one solutions could be an additional panel (like the default menubar but scrapped for everything) that either autohides or can be invoked, having 12 shortcuts that each acts as a "soft" key.

A cool hardware solution would be to get a bluetooth/usb numpad only keyboard that can send F-key strokes either with a fn type key or some other solution.
this one looks pretty nifty as it seems to double as a usb hub, on the other hand it all adds up in the pocket:

Or is there an even more simple solution like a customizable onsreen keyboard which can display just the desired row of keys?

looking forward to hear any thoughts

Edit: I played around with a few combinations of fn + [shift|crtl|alt] + [1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|0] and maybe that could be used instead.
1 Apr 2020
I am pondering,

* what is the best way to store away a folded debian gemini?

1) turn it off

2) suspend

3) hibernate

4) ?

I imagine different solutions have different impact on battery

additionally, I have led on the back flashing between green and blue, would there be a way to switch this to a different color while in a different state?

My gemini does give a notification with both hibernate and suspend, only suspend however actually goes into a black screen.

It also comes very quick back to life as if it was only in a screensaver mode, and when logging in, I get a notification:

"An error occurred starting screensaver. Action 'activate' failed. Ensure you have xscreensaver installed and running"

hoping to get wiser and maybe learn from some of your experiences.
30 Mar 2020
It is not crystal clear to me if it is possible to insert two physical SIM cards as well as a micro SD card simultaniously without crafting a custom hybrid microsd/nanosim card with glue and sand paper.

17 Dec 2019
How do you flash your gemini these days?????

Recently I had trouble to get USB access to the preloader (The USB device that appears the moment Gemini is powered on)

Planet Support mentioned to me in a support email conversation that other users had trouble after recent windows 10 update.
I have been using windows 10 inside a VirtualBox on a MacBook Pro without trouble previously, and suspect my own issue is limited to faulty windows 10 USB drivers.

Planet support suggested as a possible solution, to use windows 7, as this should provide more consistant usb driver support.

From the virtualbox forum there are some situations with USB devices failing to connect on MacOS catalina hosts, this however, should be solved in VirtualBox 6.1.

If I do try to use the flash tool (Newest Win10 as of this date, VirtualBox 6.1 on MacOS catalina host) I manage to get the audible USB-connect notification of Windows at the expected moment when the gemini PDA is turned on and vibrates. From this moment, the gemini however just continues to boot up into the commercial Sailfish OS, which I currently have as a single boot setup.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a solution model here?
* How to obtain correct Win 10 USB drivers?
* How to Roll-Back windows 10 if possible?
* potentially overseen Catalina / VirtualBox issue?
* anything else?


My Experience, running the linux flasher on a Ubuntu Mate 18.04 machine:
I get connection to the preloader, and for 2 seconds, I get the progressbar to reach 100% (Red, does not change to green) with the text: "Download DA 100%" after a while however I just get an error. If I do this with USB2, the error is not specified, but with USB3, I get the following:
connect DA end stage: 2, enable DRAM in 1st DA: 0
BROM Exception! ( ERROR : STATUS_PROTOCOL_ERR (-1073676283) , MSP ERROE CODE : 0x00.


Did anybody actually have success flashing from a linux machine, and if so do you have any guidelines to follow?


I would also like to know if any of you otherwise ran into troubles to flash, maybe this can collectively help to pinpoint the issue/affirm the win10 drivers issue.

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