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7 May 2019
Release notes say it is available for both flavors of Gemini, x25 and x27.
21 Feb 2019
There was lengthy discussion of Alien Dalvik, etc., on Gemini at today's Sailfish OS online community meeting. A transcript is here:

31 Oct 2018
I want to put up a picture of the Gemini running Xplanet-desktop but I can't figure out how to make a screenshot on the Gemini runnung SFOS. For the Xperia X it's holding both volume controls at once, but that doesn't seem to work with the Gemini. Anybody know?
31 Oct 2018
Details are here: https://together.jolla.com/question/191509/...300-lemmenjoki/

Among the changes listed is "improved support for MediaTek chipsets."

Those signed up for early adoption -- last-chance beta test -- can download it today (though I do not know and kind of doubt that this includes Gemini devices, but maybe). It will become generally available in about a week. Whether Gemini has now joined the regular list of supported devices -- I don't know, though I do know there is a recipe for upgrading the Planet-provided Sailfish, without a reflash being needed: https://together.jolla.com/question/186471/...anet-computers/

24 Oct 2018
The Gemini being a product of Planet Computers, what could be cooler than a desktop background of . . . a planet? Given the PC logo, Saturn seems about right.

And it's possible, even easy, for Geminis running Sailfish.

First thing is to go to OpenRepos and download xplanet-background. This will bring along with it the popular Linux xplanet package. Then create a ~/Pictures/Jolla subdirectory with user privileges.

At its defaults, it runs a little picture of Earth, portrait orientation, about the size of a postage stamp on the home screen. Ah, but there's easy work to be done!

In your editor of choice (or ssh'ed in), edit ~/.config/xplanet/xplanet.sysconfig and make it say:

# xplanet service options, see xplanet --help / man xplanet for what's available.
XPLANET_PREV=xplanet -body saturn -origin earth -base_magnitude 12 -geometry 2048x2048  -output /home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/background.png -num_times 1; dbus-send --session --type=method_call --print-reply --dest=com.jolla.ambienced /com/jolla/ambienced com.jolla.ambienced.setAmbience string:"file:///usr/share/ambience/xplanet/xplanet1.ambience"

XPLANET_OPTIONS=-config /home/nemo/.config/xplanet/xplanet.conf -body saturn -origin earth -background /home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/background.png -geometry 2048x2048 -output /home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/xplanet.jpg -num_times 1

XPLANET_POST=convert -level 0,100% -blur 0x10 /home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/xplanet.jpg /home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/yplanet.jpg; dbus-send --session --type=method_call --print-reply --dest=com.jolla.ambienced /com/jolla/ambienced com.jolla.ambienced.setAmbience string:"file:///usr/share/ambience/xplanet/xplanet2.ambience"; dconf reset /desktop/jolla/background/portrait/home_picture_filename; dconf reset /desktop/jolla/background/portrait/app_picture_filename; dconf write /desktop/jolla/background/portrait/home_picture_filename "'/home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/xplanet.jpg'"; dconf write /desktop/jolla/background/portrait/app_picture_filename "'/home/nemo/Pictures/Jolla/yplanet.jpg'"; yplanet.bash

NOTE: I updated this on 10/31 to insert -origin earth in the XPLANET_OPTIONS= section. Without it, the rings are as seen from Earth, but the body of the planet is as seen from someplace else.

Then do
systemctl --user start xplanet.service
and in just seconds your screen will be filled with a cool picture of Saturn as it would be seen from Earth (if it were night and we had telescopic eyeballs) that updates every 10 minutes.

You can do other planets, the moon, Earth, lots of stuff. I chose Saturn because the other planets are round and the Gemini screen isn't and, as mentioned, Saturn is the apparent inspiration for the Planet Computers logo. To do more elaborate customizations, see:

man xplanet



and if you want to read a long thread on getting it all to work on an Xperia X, this:


(Yeah, I've been working on/with it for awhile to get the Moon to display properly on the Xperia, and finally succeeded, which led me to try it out on the Gemini, where Saturn fits just right.)

Have fun!
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