#fedora #gpd #pocket2 #linux
Of course, immediately after I get Fedora 28 running on my new Pocket 2, what happens ? Fedora 29 Beta is released! So, here are my notes on getting Fedora 29 Beta running on the GPD Pocket 2.
Installing Fedora 29 Beta
- Obtain the x86_64 Live ISO and write it to a USB drive
- Boot from the USB drive using F12 to access the boot menu
- The desktop will begin rotated sideways (just like with Fedora 28), but we can fix this. Bring up Display Settings and do the following:
- Select “Orientation” = “Portrait Left”, noting this gives an error
- Select “Resolution” = 864×1152 (the lowest resolution)
- Select original resolution of 1200×1920 again. This clears the error and activates the “Apply” button.
- Click Apply and display should be properly oriented.
- Perform the Fedora installation like normal
- The screen orientation will be sideways again.
- Run through initial setup (sideways) to create user account
- Once logged in as your new user, use the steps above in item 3 to correct the screen orientation
- If you find the font and other UI elements to be too small on this 7″ screen,. then you’ll want to enable fractional scaling. Enter the following at the terminal:
gsettings set org.gnome.mutter experimental-features "['scale-monitor-framebuffer']"
- Log out, log in, and enter the Display Settings again. You should now see an option for “Scale”. I find 150% to be the smallest comfortable on this small screen.
- If you want bigger, edit “~/.config/monitors.xml” and set the scale to 2
- The font can also be scaled up by installing gnome-tweaks, running “Tweaks” and changing “Fonts->Scaling Factor”
- Open a terminal, and copy the monitor configuration so that the GDM login screen also has proper orientation and scaling:
sudo cp ~/.config/monitors.xml /var/lib/gdm/.config/
- We can correct the orientation of the text console during boot by modifying a kernel parameter in Grub.
- Edit /etc/default/grub to modify the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX variable, appending “fbcon=rotate:1” to the end
- grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg
What’s left ?
- The plymouth screens during boot are still sideways, including the LUKS password prompt. There appears to be upstream patches to correct this.