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23 Feb 2018
Hello,

I am expecting my Gemini to arrive shortly - out of the blue I got a tracking number from MyHermes :-) So before it does, I'd like to raise a few questions.

My planned use of Gemini is with a Linux userland - e.g. I want to be able to do "apt-get install XXX" and use Linux CLI tools - but I'd like that userland to be running on top of Android, so the Gemini continues to work as a phone and run Android apps like WhatsApp and Google Maps. (Doing this means I don't need to carry a separate phone around). I saw Gemini working this way a few months ago.

I note that Planetcom have announced https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gemini-p...one#/updates/49 that there will be a reflashing/repartitioning tool; however their announced Linux support page http://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/Linux_Support is currently empty. There's some more info at GKA https://github.com/gemian/gemini-keyboard-apps/wiki but this seems to be about dual-booting.

So my questions are about how I go about running a Linux userland and/or X desktop while the phone is running Android.

1. Does it require reflashing? If so, should I reflash my device as soon as it arrives in preparation?

(I am concerned that if I spend a lot of time setting it all up under Android, I am going to lose all that work when I add Linux)

2. Does running Linux under Android use the same Linux partition as if I dual-booted into Linux?

(Maybe it work *better* to boot directly into Linux? But I am guessing I would lose at least voice calling, if not SMS and data as well)

3. Does it require rooting, and if so how do I go about that?

4. I believe I would also need an Android X server app to get a GUI desktop - what app would I require?

Any clues gratefully received! Thanks... Brian.
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