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Originally Posted by Ken-Young View Post
I was given a GPD Win for Christmas, and though Ubuntu and Arch Linux do indeed run on it, many, many things such as:

1) WiFi
2) Battery charging
3) Sound
4) Screen brightness
5) Screen orientation
6) suspend/resume
7) Battery monitoring

etc, etc don't work if you just install a distro from an ISO image. To even get the ISO image to boot from a thumb drive, you must downgrade the BIOS because the BIOS shipped with new units is dumbed-down to the point of uselessness. There are fixes for many of these issues posted here and there on the web, but except for the WiFi fix they involve building a custom kernel, along with lots of other tweaks. I'm still piddling around with it, but I can tell that this will be a device that will never completely work when running Linux.

Also, on my unit at least, the backlight is quite nonuniform, so there are areas of the screen which are significantly brighter than others. The touch screen is not very responsive. Graphics are very slow compared to what you get on a modern mobile phone. Overall, the Atom processor seems about 1/2 as fast as a Snapdragon 821. It's quite an indictment of Intel that a fan is needed to cool this processor.

*sigh* I wish I believed I would live long enough to see the Pyra shipped.

Well, I do not have first hand experience with GPD Win but i feel these guys did pretty well with Linux on GPD Win.

they managed to get "WiFi" and "Brightness" working i guess, still no Sound. but i feel it wont take long achieve that too.

as i said earlier, i like the standalone input methods of GPD win which requires no additional input devices like mouse or even touchscreen or a flat surface to rest on.

Still, if anyone wants a proper official Linux supported device then GPD pocket is for them, since it has its own Official Ubuntu Firmware

the Gemini PDA guys Demoed there working Prototype

Lets hope the Best is Coming for hand-held Linux Devices

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