Gemini PDA



  • I have gotten my PDA now!

    What is the status of Anbox for ARM?

    Best Regards



  • Hello!

    I got my Gemini a few weeks ago, so far I only have Android on it and Ubuntu is not ready.

    The kernel and bootloader is open source, they can be found here: https://github.com/dguidipc

    I have following questions:
    As Planet Computers is porting Ubuntu desktop to the device, should I wait for them to be ready and not ask any more here?
    Is there a simple way to port Ubuntu Touch to the device?
    Is it possible to port Ubuntu 18.04?
    Does anyone else have a Gemini or is waiting and want the same thing?

    As I wrote in the last post I'm waiting on a Sentio Superbook (laptop dock/DisplayLink based).

    Best Regards
    / Rasmus



  • @zzarr said in Gemini PDA:

    Is there a simple way to port Ubuntu Touch to the device?

    No shortcuts or simple ways here :). I'm working on it though:

    device photo

    It's not ready for daily use, but what currently works (with different hacks) is:

    • Display/Touch screen
    • Keyboard
    • Cellular connectivity + outgoing voice calls
    • Sound
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth

    If you want to help with porting or test it, you can ping me in UBPorts Telegram group.

    As for desktop Ubuntu, I suppose it's currently on hold with main focus being put on Debian. Those two are going to share adaptation bits (in fact, the current plan is to use some Ubuntu Touch software and middleware on "desktop" Debian to provide, for example, phone application), so it doesn't make sense to duplicate efforts with limited resources just now.



  • @thekit said in Gemini PDA:

    It's not ready for daily use, but what currently works

    That list sounds rather complete. What's missing in your opinion for daily use?



  • @doniks said in Gemini PDA:

    That list sounds rather complete. What's missing in your opinion for daily use?

    Getting it more polished and stable. Same can be said about UBPorts 16.04 itself, which is still in devel (see https://github.com/ubports/ubuntu-touch/milestone/7), and lots of apps would need to be recompiled for it to work properly.



  • @thekit That looks amazing!

    I'm guessing that incoming calls is the biggest questionmark in my head.

    But I have to say very well done!

    I know it's an early question but is it possible to run Android apps via Anbox?

    Is it possible to dualboot?

    Remember 16.04 will be supported in 3 more years.

    Would I be able to install a 18.04 desktop container?

    Once more, I love the work you have done!

    Best Regards



  • @zzarr said in Gemini PDA:

    I know it's an early question but is it possible to run Android apps via Anbox?
    Is it possible to dualboot?
    Remember 16.04 will be supported in 3 more years.
    Would I be able to install a 18.04 desktop container?

    I'm a week late, but I didn't look much into this yet. In theory, Anbox works on "official" MediaTek UBPorts devices, but it needs some kernel patches.

    Dualboot works same way as with Android/Debian. As for 18.04 container, that sounds like what Libertine does if you want to run graphical apps. Not sure if it has been ported to 16.04 yet, you can check this in general discussions/project GitHub issues as it's not specific to this device.



  • Hello!

    Thanks for your response, I will look in to it.

    Best Regards



  • Hello everyone again!

    Is it possible to patch the kernel to be able to run libertine on Gemini yet?

    I thought of a useful thing, if I would be able to use a part of the right hand side of the display as track pad (control a mouse cursor), this would make it easier to use desktop applications in libertine.

    Best Regards



  • @zzarr said in Gemini PDA:

    Hello everyone again!

    Is it possible to patch the kernel to be able to run libertine on Gemini yet?

    I doubt there is a kernel patch needed for libertine. If it runs UT it runs libertine I would say.


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