Muti-boot and Linux Cosmo support update
In this update we would like to discuss plans regarding Linux support on the Cosmo Communicator.
With the Gemini PDA, Planet offered experienced users the ability to install Linux on the device, by connecting it to a desktop or laptop computer and flashing the device manually.
With the Cosmo Communicator we want to improve the user experience when installing a custom OS, such as Linux. To do that we upgraded two key components, the LK and the recovery mode.
The updated recovery mode can be used to partition the storage space of the Cosmo Communicator - see the option "Change the partition table of your COSMO" in the picture below.
This will allow the user to reserve space for the Linux operating system. As you can see in the picture below, there are currently 5 options:
1. Reserve all space for Android
2. Reserve 90GB for Android and 30GB for Linux
3. Reserve 60GB for Android and 60GB for Linux
4. Reserve 30GB for Android and 90 GB for Linux
5. Reserve all space for Linux
Once the storage for Linux has been reserved, you can install a custom OS on your Cosmo, by choosing the related option as in the picture.
This option will scan the microSD card for compatible installers and will present you with a menu showing the available installers as in the picture below.
Whenever new or updated custom operating systems will be available for the Cosmo, you will be able to download them into a micro SD card and install it in your device.
At the moment we have initial support for the following:
1. TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project)
2. Debian using KDE/Plasma
3. Debian using LXQT
4. Rooted Android
Once you select a custom OS you have to select where to install its boot firmware as shown below.
There will be 3 extra boot partitions that can host custom boot firmware.
Once you select the boot partition, the custom OS will be installed on your Cosmo Communicator. A boot menu will then appear when you turn ON the device, allowing you to choose what to start as in the following picture. The boot menu is integrated in the modified LK firmware.
Using this method you will be able to install a custom OS such as Linux on your device without the need for a laptop or a desktop computer. All you need to do is to download the installer in a micro SD card and use the recovery mode to start the installation.
Finally, a big thank you to our open source community (in particular to Sean, Adam and Nikita) which is working hard to get other operating systems supported on the Cosmo. In the following screenshot you can get a preview on what the community is working at the moment. We will provide a detailed Linux status update in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
More from us this still this week. There will be another update later this week updating you on the over the air firmware update and Cosmo shipping.