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> A grand repository of Gemini how-tos is needed
post May 3 2018, 05:53 AM
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It appears that we're at the point where a lot of Geminium are or will soon be in the wild. It would be useful if there were some sort of organized repository of information on how to do the various things some, perhaps many, of us hope to do to and with our new devices. While there's a tips-and-tricks thread here, something a little more organized and elaborate is in order.

For instance, here are things I hope to do, in more or less the order I want to do them:

-- de-Googlize. Before I ever put the device on even wifi, I want to disable and if possible remove Gapps and related spyware. I do not want my device associated with a Google account, ever. There are various sites about this or things close to it involving other devices and versions of Android, but nothing step-by-step for the Gemini.

-- Investigate the various available ROMs, both from Planet and elsewhere. Planet offers a rooted ROM and at least two ROMs that include a developmental version of Debian Linux. There is also a Lineage OS version, though it seems that at present telephony is limited to the stock ROM. (I backed Gemini because a 4G device that runs Linux would be ideal for my work. Android as it is shipped is antithetical to privacy, and by Blackberry BB10 device has gotten very long in the tooth.)

-- Set things up in a sensible way. As discussed elsewhere on this forum, there are advantages to moving things that are frequently written away from the built-in storage and onto a microSD card -- to me, in Linux, /home and /var (or at least /var/log) are prime candidates to put on the card and symlink to the built-in storage.

-- Make storage accessible to both the Android or AOSP and the Linux sides. This might not be useful to everyone, but it is to me, because then I could do work on the Linux side and reboot into *droid to transmit it over 4G, until Linux telephony is sorted out.

-- Figure out what the connectivity pack -- hub, hdmi cable, etc. -- does and doesn't allow us to do. My plan was to set up monitor, keyboard, hub, charger, and trackball at the newspaper office, so that when I'm on deadline I could just plug in the Gemini at each end and do some work. It seems as if that's not possible, or maybe it is and language differences have made it seem not so.

-- More generally figure out and employ the things necessary to ensure privacy, from DNS request encryption to mail encryption to use of Tor on the Gemini.

These are just a few of the items of particular interest to me, while others will have different interests. At this point, there's no one place where we can easily find the answers. Establishing such a place is something that I think might be useful. Might the wiki that Varti set up be a place for this?

We don't seem to have a user manual, and Mike Halsey, great work though he does, is a Windows guy.

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post Jun 20 2018, 11:00 AM
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Mike Halsey is writing a Gemini manual
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