Sailfish OS 2 Notes

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This page provides information about running Sailfish 2 Community Edition on your Gemini. Note that this version has been replaced by the release of Sailfish 3 Beta for Gemini Community Edition.

Setting up Sailfish OS

When setting up Sailfish OS for the very first time, the first few screens will be in portrait mode, as in the screenshot below:

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After the first few portrait screens, you will be able to experience Sailfish OS in landscape mode:


In case your system start directly with the PIN screen as in the picture above, please restart your machine as otherwise the setup configuration is known to not complete properly. If the problem persists, try re-flashing the linux and the sailfish_boot partition (either boot2 or boot3) only. It has been reported that reflashing the linux and sailfish_boot partition fixes the issue, we
are investigating this. Also you can read other user discussing this topic here:

Power key and Esc (On) key

On Sailfish, the Esc (On) key sends the an escape character. To send a power event, use the key combination: Fn + Esc (On).

When you boot Sailfish OS for the first time, a few things are initialised and the screen might turn black because of the screen timeout. If that happens, just press Fn + Esc (On) to send a power event and wake up the screen, or simply close your Gemini and open it again.

To power off the unit, press and hold Fn + Esc (On) for a few seconds until the poweroff menu appear on screen.

Known Bugs

  • Sailfish OS is not yet available in the default Boot 1 position. This is due to a bug we found when the device is in charging mode. We are working on this!
  • The optional rear-facing camera currently displays the image rotated by 180 degrees in Sailfish OS, we are investigating the issue.
    The wrong orientation of the optional camera in Sailfish OS is now fixed. You can download the updated image using the [partitionTool.html partition tool], while  the updated files are available here

Linux boot notes

The multi-boot mechanism works as follows.

Starting from a switched OFF Gemini, press the Esc (On) key to start the unit until the Gemini vibrates. Once you feel the vibration you can choose the boot mode by pressing the following key combination:

  • Boot 1: This is the default booting option when no keys or buttons are pressed.
  • Recovery Mode: Esc (On) is pressed. This will always boot into recovery mode.
  • Boot 2: silver right-end side button is pressed.
  • Boot 3: Both Esc(On) key and silver right-end side button are pressed at the same time

Keep the keys/buttons pressed until the screen turns ON.

Updating Android on a Android/Linux Gemini

Check out our updated Android Manual Update page.