Ubuntu MATE for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2

The Ubuntu MATE team offers a bespoke image for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 that includes the hardware specific tweaks to get these devices working “out of the box” without any faffing about.

The GPD Pockets were very successful crowd funded netbook style laptops featuring a high resolution 7” touch display housed in an aluminium alloy body. The original GPD Pocket (2017) offered an Ubuntu pre-load option while the GPD Pocket 2 (2018) is available with Windows 10 only. The pre-configured image of Ubuntu MATE for the GPD Pockets is a continuation of the excellent work by Hans de Goede, nexus511, stockmind and many others following the release of the original GPD Pocket.


Ubuntu MATE 18.10 running on the GPD Pocket (left) and GPD Pocket 2 (right)


The Ubuntu MATE 18.10 image for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 adds the following tweaks to the vanilla image:

  • Frame buffer rotation.
  • Internal display rotation for Xorg.
  • Touch screen rotation.
  • Double the console (tty) font resolution.
  • The display manager (Slick Greeter) configured to use HiDPI mode.
  • The display in the desktop session is scaled to produce an an effective resolution of 1280x800 which makes the 7” 1920x1200 panel readable.
    • This scaling can easily be disabled for anyone wanting the full native panel resolution.
  • The additional BRMC4356 configuration required for the original GPD Pocket is included so WiFi works.

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Disable desktop session scaling

If you want to restore the full native panel resolution of the GPD Pocket then open Startup Applications from the Control Center. Find the entry called GPD Pocket Display Scaler in the Startup Programs tab and untick it. Log out and back in and the full 1920x1200 resolution is restored.


Disable GPD Pocket Display Scaler via Startup Applications Preferences


Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS image?

When Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 is released in February 2019 we will evaluate creating an image that supports the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2. Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 will include the hardware enablement stack from Ubuntu 18.10 and that should provide the bulk of the required hardware support.

How were these images created?

With a script called gpd-pocket-ubuntu-respin.sh which you can find in the following GitHub repository:

Known Issues

  • The GRUB2 menu is not rotated on the GPD Pocket.
    • The workaround is to tilt your head.
  • The GRUB2 menu is not displayed at all on the GPD Pocket 2.
    • The workaround is to wait and the system will boot after a few seconds or press Enter to boot immeditately.
  • The Plymouth splash screen is not rotated on the GPD Pocket or GPD Pocket 2.
    • The workaround is to not care.

Feedback

This image for the GPD Pocket is community supported, please post all feedback via the community forum.