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9 Aug 2018
After playing around for a while, I have managed to get dosbox compiling on the gemini. I modified the renderer so that it is landscape inverted, and it worked. I haven't tested sound yet, and there are some scaling and keyboard (layout) issues, but it is basically functional. I'll see what I can get done this weekend, and maybe write a small qml front end. I'm sure there are lots of issues, like touch screen that I haven't seen yet, but the good news is that it is running on the gemini!

When it is in a stable state, I can post it for people to test if anyone is interested. I'm sure there are lots of things that will need to be tweaked. As a matter of interest, I did all the compiling/editing on the gemini under sailfish. Same with ffmpeg.
5 Aug 2018
Hi all,

For those who hadn't noticed, PC has released some library files which fix the camera orientation (without the need to modify the qml files). You can flash a new sailfish image (ouch), or just download the zip and extract to the correct places (lib and lib64). I can confirm that they work as expected - although if you modified the qml file, you will need to revert the changes as they are no longer needed.

I was playing with the camera a bit over the weekend and have noticed a few things. It is definitely not a high quality camera smile.gif You can, however, take some very nice, clear macro shots. The big surprise is that when you digitally zoom in, the focusing gets clearer. I also got some good results from the following: zoom in, focus by tapping the screen, quickly zoom out and take the photo. You only have 5ish seconds before the focus lock disappears.

On the Gemini screen, the photos look quite good. Zooming in, or displaying on a big screen shows up the camera quality however. For scanning documents, letters etc it is actually quite good. Mine can focus only a few cms from the lens.


PS. go to the support.planetcom.co.uk site, and select firmware to find the camera files.
1 Aug 2018
I installed webcat a while ago - it is a good second browser running webkit rather than gecko. It can plug holes when gecko doesn't render correctly. The author suggests updating to QtWebkit 5.212, which he has created. I tried these on the Gemini and they are a no-go. I didn't poke around extensively, but they just display a blank page. Luckily I followed the instructions and kept a copy of the old libraries, so I am back to normal. This is just a warning for other curious sailors thinking of updating QtWebkit. If you don't keep a backup, you might find it difficult to revert. I have one if anyone gets in that state.
19 Jul 2018
Hopefully you are reading this even with the silly title. One thing I love about sailfish is that it is a linux distro, and as such can do things like compile third party apps. I compile on the gemini, and it is actually pretty good. With 10 processors, you can compile things quick smart. Anyway, I have compiled ffmpeg, which can be used to convert media from almost any formats. It also has a very basic video player which uses SDL. It works really well except for the sound (silly pulseaudio....). Does anyone have experience getting SDL2 sound working on sailfish? I was going to wrap a nice QML gui around it so it can be used as a generic video player.

Secondly, I compiled scummvm (I love the old point and click games like discworld, monkey island etc). It compiles, but SDL2 on sailfish doesn't natively support landscape, so I am creating a video mode scaler for it. There are a few other issues like sound and touchscreen which need a bit of a push as well, but hopefully I can get a working scummvm soon.

If anyone has any pointers on SDL2 sound on sailfish, please post them. Thanks.
2 Jul 2018
The camera module accessory is detected by sailfish, however the camera app shows the image upside down. I made a quick hack of the camera qml file to get it displaying correctly, however it needs some work. I also noticed that the resolution of the photos is 1280x720 - obviously some default resolution. I am looking in to setting this properly and will create a patch/app/workaround when I get it working. Other than that it seems to work well.

Will post when I get it working.

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