LWDW 130: Das Boot

Opera goes Snap, Lenovo joins the LVFS, NASA open sources a rover and it’s the beginning of the end of WPA-2. All this plus your emails.


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Colour key – Venn Pedro Jill


  • According to Reddit this is nothing new.
  • Any mention of DieFarbe (the colour) will get you noped from orbit.
  • Even on the Wiki



  • Cassidy James Blaede, former UX Architect at System76 is now a full time UX Architect at Elementary OS thanks to a large private contribution.
  • System76 now needs a full-time UX Architect.  
  • Apply below.


LVFS supports Lenovo laptops (RTheren)

  • *glares at HP*
  • Neither the cheapo Lenovo B50-80 or the X240 seem to be supported.
  • Lenovo is the second company after Dell to join the Linux Vendor Firmware Service.
  • This saves you the hassle from using a USB drive to flash your firmware or the dreaded booting into Windows.


Thunder 60.0

  • Thunderbird is Go! Or 60 ;-)
  • Has a fresh new “Photon” look like Firefox Quantum and ships with new light and dark themes.
  • Thunderbird now has a new “Photon” look. Tabs are square, the title bar can be toggled on and off.
  • New icon.
  • Various improvements to the calendar and attachment management.



  • And now you can run Opera off of that completely stupid lowercase snap folder in your home directory.
  • Opera, the web browser that invented tabs and speed dial is one of my favs and now is available as an easy to install Snap!
  • Opera pioneered the mobile market and used to be the only web browser available for older feature phones and smartphones.
  • One of the reasons I like The Vivaldi browser so much is that the interface is a lot like Opera.
  • It’s not available on Flathub :(
  • sudo snap install opera makes /w the working.
  • So does sudo snap remove opera
  • I tried installing from snapcraft.io webzon but that did a whole lot of nothing.


Peer bounty

  • You know, having a centralized client with this kind of functionality for a decentralized video hosting service is only ever so slightly defeating the purpose.
  • I can see copyright lawyers all over foaming at the mouth and maybe even offering to chip in.
  • Viewing PeerTube videos in the YouTube player NewPipe Android App available on F-Droid would be a nice feature.
  • NewPipe the lightweight YouTube experience for Android.
  • 250€ crypto bounty.


Out of process

  • Webextensions are what Mozilla call their browser agnostic way of implementing extensions.
  • Running these in a separate process is not only handy but also a necessity if you’re bringing an extension over from a different browser and you don’t know how it’s going to work.
  • What I don’t know how it’s going to work is integrating extensions like adblockers to ensure they retain their functionality while working on a different process.
  • I’m sure it’s not even an issue, I just happen to lack the knowledge to see how that’s going to fly.
  • This sandboxing should prevent crashes in WebExtensions (formerly known as “add ons” in Firefox) from crashing Firefox as a whole.
  • This functionality is finally coming to Linux with the release of Firefox 63 later this year.
  • Running Nightly? about:config?filter=extensions.webextensions.remote



  • *.md is how documentation is done.
  • C++ with Vulkan and has both a c++ and a Java API for access.
  • Filament is a lightweight physically based rendering game engine, or PBR, that was just open sourced by Google.
  • Filament is the game engine used in the application Sceneform, which is used for creating augmented reality content for Android.
  • And, of course, it uses Vulkan on the backend!
  • The documentation for Filament is extremely detailed and is one of the best explanations of how PBR (Physically Based Rendering) works and can be used as teaching material!
  • I could see Filament being used as a rendering engine for Blender :-D


Pak it in

  • Don’t like it but this is the future of WINE.
  • I say this as someone who has tangoed with that wacky recursive backronym for two decades.

Slice of Pi

Rove where you want to

  • That is very neat and the interactive page took away far more of my time just steering the thing about than it should have!
    • I legitimately believe this.
  • Powered by a Raspberry Pi!  And can be controlled by a smartphone or Xbox controller.
  • Now you can make your own Rover out of found parts.
  • Many years ago I had installed the original software in Debian called Amigo that JPL used to control the Mars Rovers and had fun playing with it.
  • Eh, I could use a new butter robot.
  • DYI parts will run you about $2,500.
  • Rocker-Bogie suspension system
  • Differential Pivot
  • 6-Wheel Ackerman Steering
  • Raspberry Pi is the brain of the critter.



  • Welp, it had a good run.
  • Hmm, like I said last week, wardriving on a RasPi is still a thing thanks to Kali Linux and a WPA-2 hacker!
  • 4-way handshake is a thing of the past.
  • WPA-Enterprise systems are still relatively safe because backend authentication #RADIUS.
  • As it stands home systems using weak passwords are easy targets.
  • Protip: There’s no need to go full-metal Chuck McGill.
  • Switch over to 5G and crank the power down.


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