Linux Weekly Daily Wednesday – Oh Snap

D-Wave opens the source! KDE Connect gets forked, openSUSE comes to Windows, and we argue about Snap… again.

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Colour key – Venn Pedro Mathieu Jordan



  • Wow, 3 Ppas,  one of which is for gambas!
  • Yup, that’s right it’s written in Basic!
  • I personally use lshw
  • I have it installed, it works.
  • 16MB for a GUI.
  • Had to nope the -a flag to make /w the working.



  • I’m not a quantum scientist so i’m very confused by all of this
  • But I can’t wait to have a computer that gives me probably correct answers
  • Stuff getting open sauced it always good news.
  • Getting a quantum or semi-quantum computer is something which won’t happen for several years.
  • The technology is still prohibitive, price-wise.
  • Qbsolv is the bit of kit being opened sauced.
  • It allows developers to program D-Wave machines without needing a background in quantum physics.
  • It’s like wicked advanced LEGO Mindstorm.
  • Only works with the D…. wave.

Flow (thank Che)

  • 1st reason: lightweight, I would have stopped reading here if I didn’t have to do a podcast, lightweight is the last thing I want in a video editor.
    • You can have lightweight or stable, pick one.
  • That said if you need a lightweight video editor use the one on YouTube.
  • It seems okay-ish. I might even try it but if it’s anything less powerful than KDEnlive then I’ll pass
  • Stable? Let me throw a few GB of A/V at it and see what happens.



  • This is useless!
  • It seems to skip the re-encoding which is something that’s not possible in classic video editors so no, it’s not useless
    • Ffmpeg /w a GUI.
  • Unless you absolutely hate yourself and want to do it with a video player and the command line (meaning that you have to manually copy timestamps)
  • Yes, Venn. Ffmpeg GUIs are useless to you.
  • Thing is, for the idiot masses who don’t know about all the functionality Our Lord and master FFMPEG can offer, there need to be GUIs which expose that functionality.
  • And as much as it pains me to admit, strider has a point; most video editors don’t expose the avcodec copy option and you’ll always have to reencode it to some degree.


1.16 for 16.04

  • Oooor, you could just upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10
    • Or you don’t want to have to go through a significant update process every 6 months and would still like to have “new” functionality.
  • The 1.16 MATE update brings more GTK3 support for some of the included software.
  • If you’re using Ubuntu MATE, I can safely say you can do this update without issue.
  • I don’t know about Compiz but Compton works really well and starting GTK3 apps is considerably smoother, if you’re using compton’s fade-in fade-out effect.
  • Will this be as busted as the version for 14.04?



  • I bet that will give that clown from boycottnovell / Techrights something to write about
  • I finally decided to see if I could get WSL running it seems you need an activated copy of Windows to do that, which I don’t have
    • Really? Even I yoinked a copy of Win10 when it was free.
  • First of all, if you’re running Windows and you use WSL you’re probably looking to have an ease of use for Linux software you’re used to.
  • So, why in the name of everything unholy would you go to SuSE to achieve that?
    • Stupid monkey IT departments.
    • Some of them won’t let you install something without the name Enterprise scribbled on it.



  • That was one of the features I was waiting for before considering making Snaps
  • So, these are Snap packages which rely on the system libraries.
  • Remember the whole point of having a different, containerized, package? Screw that!
  • Now you can have Snaps behave exactly like .debs do.
  • And again I ask, what’s the bleeping point?
  • Does any of the “confinement” actually work under X?


Forked Connection Indicators

  • The indicator doesn’t seem to work in Gnome Shell
  • But KDE Connect itself works great!
  • And Webupd8 is back!!
  • There’s still functionality missing from the indicator, for which you’ll still have to use KDE proper.
  • Namely, being able to navigate your phone/tablet so long as they’re in the same network and being able to reply to texts from the desktop.
  • KDE


Alls Well 4.5

  • Last patch, for OpenGL4 was 4 lines of code, this one is 2 lines!
  • It’s 2 lines to change what i965 exposes to the system, the patchset which enabled the fp64 shaders alone was several different files.
  • Mesa is moving to a yearly numbering scheme, hence why the latest stable version was 13 and the new one is 17.
  • Mesa is currently approaching the 17.0 stable code freeze, they’re just waiting for Ivy Bridge to also get the fp64 and vertex attrib 64bit, so that they may expose OpenGL 4.5 on it too.
  • At which point, for the first time in history, the open source Linux driver will provide better OpenGL support than the proprietary Intel drivers do in Windows.
  • Ivy Bridge only offers OpenGL 4.0 and 4.3 for Haswell on Windows.

Slice of Pi


  • I’ve always wanted to do this.
  • This is definitely one of the most interesting Pi projects you can do.



  • The actual list price from a japanese spec sheet is $599, but you can pre-order it in some website for $499
  • It’s also worth pointing out their “working prototype” is only being shown by a japanese blog.
  • I looked for more sources but couldn’t find any, so take that with a grain of crystallized soy sauce.

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