Ubuntu MATE 18.10 running on the GPD Pocket (left) and GPD Pocket 2 (right)
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.
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.
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.
Powerful PC in your POCKET
With a 7 inch screen and full Windows 10, the GPD Pocket 2 is a surprisingly capable tiny laptop.