LWDW 115: RIP C.H.I.P.

Plasma records Wayland, NVIDIA gets a top, Ubuntu 18.04 is almost ready and the C.H.I.P. is no more. All this, plus your emails.

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Das cloud

  • Great!  At least Microsoft won’t be running on the backend and they will be using a proper web server “LAMP” with NextCloud.
  • Munich goes back to Windows and the government goes “Maybe there’s something to this open sauce, thing!”
  • has been running a pilot of 5,000 users with Nextcloud since October 2016
  • the focus of the tender was “the construction of a private cloud for the federal government
  • fully GDPR compliant



  • My Steve_Husband has been inadvertently following this story for well over a year.
  • When he first tried to buy it for me two winter holidays ago it was on backorder. Then when he tried to get it for my birthday there were angry posts in the forums.  I really wanted one for my collection, but I am glad he didn’t preorder and loose money.
  • The chip was an interesting concept in packing as much horsepower into as small an SoC as possible.
  • But when you have the Raspberry Pi compute module, which fits into a standard SO-DIMM slot you’ve lost the race.
  • I’m still not fully convinced they were able to manufacture these for $9.
  • Especially when you factor in R&D + packaging.
  • Might explain the initial run and nothing after.


Plasma progress

  • Font aliasing, who ever took that screenshot has clearly never heard of it.
  • Would be useful to have that per display scaling on X.
  • Lots of Wayland stuff.
  • Including not defaulting the QT_QPA_PLATFORM variable to Wayland to minimize breakage.
  • Screen recorders don’t need to add support for whichever Wayland compositor you use but instead xdg_desktop_portal…
    • Which, if you’ve been using flatpaks, should be more familiar.
  • …and PipeWire.



  • Reinventing le wheel avoided… for once
  • Handy little tool to see what is chewing up 20% of your GPU at idle.
  • The per process breakdown is very nice to have!
  • Impressive to see X take over 200MB of RAM to work
  • Awesome, useful for watching CUDA GPU renders with the Blender Cycles renderer!
  • Setup a CUDA GPU animation render in Blender 2.79 to track memory usage in nvidia-top, which like top or htop tracks stats continuously.
  • And compared the results with the nvidia-smi utility which tracks stats statically, and has to be launched every time you want to monitor the GPU.
  • Here is a screenshot of nvidia-top and nvidia-smi running while rendering in Blender.  Also notice the memory usage of X, like Pedro stated above, but with the lightweight
  • Fluxbox window manager:


X1 marks the hole

  • Arbitrary code injection through the USB stack.
  • The Switch, SHIELD (No not that one, or that one, or that one), and the Pixel C are all vulnerable.
  • Hey! Someone found a way to maybe make the Pixel C useful.
  • And it can’t be fixed because it is hard wired by a crispy fuse!


New hotness

  • The “New Hotness” to the Linux leet is Ikey’s Solus.
  • Mint was dethroned by an infinitely more user friendly distro, Manjaro.
  • Solus seems to have gotten to the point where I’m running out of excuses to just use it.


Linux Subsystem For Linux

  • I can’t help but be slightly annoyed with the news articles coming out title “Linux support coming to ChromeOS”
    • Yu wot?
  • Now, if it were ChromeOS Android app support coming to Linux, that’d be news!
  • There was already a terminal for the Chromebook in the Chrome Browser that could be accessed by enabling developer mode at boot and pressing Ctrl+Alt+t.
  • I used it to install Crouton with Ubuntu on my original Samsung Series 5 Chromebook in 2011.



  • Takes some of the sport out of it.
  • But you already have a dedicated Stack overflow monitor.
  • Oh, look! It’s a better Visual Studio for Linux.


Eager Beaver

  • Tomorrow April 26th is the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver!
    • I know what I am going to be doing tomorrow!  Installing 18.04.
    • Ubuntu warns “Eager Beavers” to wait a month before a reinstall.
      • But what if I don’t want to wait that long to apt-get dist-upgrade to 18.04.1 LTS on my 16.04 box of business? :-(
  • Important new features in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
    • GNOME 3.28 is the default Display Manager, and Unity is no more.
    • Boot speed boost using systemd libraries.
    • A new minimal installation option, which installs the base Ubuntu, a web browser and utilities.
    • Installing PPAs requires one less line in terminal.  When running add-apt-repository apt-get update is automatically run.
      • Good.
    • Linux Kernel 4.15
    • Xorg will be the default display server again.  Not all apps worked in Wayland, which was the default display server used in Ubuntu 17.10.  You do have the option though to switch from Xorg to Wayland in 18.04.
    • New installer for server edition moves from Debian’s text-based to Subiquity text UI.
    • Easier live patching with the “Software and Updates” utility.
  • I have begun the “gotcha” tests on our production box.
  • Kernel 4.15 has reached EOL, just saying.
  • Little irritated that they pulled back on Wayland support.


VC means…?

  • Is anyone really going to use Visual C++ to create a program for Linux other than Microsoft?
  • Cross platform compatibility is nice though, and has the potential to produce more programs for Linux that were only available on Windows.
  • You might also want to check out fips.



  • The RasPi Zero W antenna achieves amazing performance for its size, cost of development and $10 price tag.



  • For $574, you get the assembled system plus a 7-inch touchscreen.
  • At that price point I don’t know who this is aimed at.




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