LWDW 160: Linux 5.0

Linux 5.0 is ready for public consumption, LibreSignage is looking for testers, Tympan is developing open source hearing aid hardware, and DOSing a Raspberry Pi.


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Colour key – Venn Jill Pedro

Kernel 5.0

  • As we mentioned in January, kernel 5.0 includes AMD FreeSync support.
  • RasPi touchscreen support in the mainline kernel for the official 7″ touchscreen available at raspberrypi.org.
  • Installed in from the pps mainline and it’s not caused any issues.
  • Had to use the DO NOT USE nvidia ppa.
  • No major changes because it’s a fingers and toes release.
  • Comes with Google’s Adiantum storage encryption system.
  • Adiantum works on low-powered devices such as Android smartphones.
  • There’s also a workaround in place now to help combat memory fragmentation.
  • Intel Gen11 graphics support
  • Support for Turing means you’ll be able to at least boot into a graphical session (with software rendering), if you have one of the new NVidia GPUs.
  • Kinda want kernel 5 in Solus, for no other reason than new!


Linux lite

  • MiyoLinux, or “make it your own linux” is intended for older hardware, and is a derivative of the free of systemd Debian distro Devuan.
  • It is so refreshing to use a lightweight distro again, one that is fast, free of systemd and is under 500 Megs!
  • The user chooses their software/applications they want installed and the i3, Awesome or Openbox Window managers.
  • Oh you have to setup your own partitions, retro.
  • It’s apt based.
  • I can’t help but feel like, if this is what you’re going for, Bunsen Labs (continuation of Crunchbang) is possibly the better alternative
  • Yeah, it’s bigger but will require a lot less work to get up and running.


Monthly Mint

  • Yup, still green!


Flex on Plex

  • It is an open source alternative to PLEX, and is a fork of Emby.
  • Thanks to The-Mentor in chat.
  • It’s available in the AUR along with standalone binaries and a Ubuntu repo.
  • Chromecast is supported when using Google Chrome (desktop) or Android.
  • Jellyfin Cordova app for Android exists.
  • Is this the fork of Emby that basically offers all functionality that is now only available to paying customers of that software?
    • It really does seem some projects go freemium.



  • Only $299, this is wonderful, especially when hearing aids can cost thousands of dollars.
  • Real-time digital signal processing in that small a package is neat for the price.
  • It’s a bit bulky but could be a game changer for some.
  • Headphones will be the tricky part.
  • Even something like my el cheapo A18 tzar monitors at work are stratospherically expensive.
  • Yeah, having a powerful and tiny base unit for cheaper is all well and good.
  • But the actual sound output device is going to be the tricky part like Venn mentions.


Looking for testers

  • Handy for schools and the like.
  • LibreSignage has a central server and a web interface for creating content and managing the signage network.
  • You can manage all clients from the interface.
  • Would be awesome to have dedicated images for client and server.
  • Maybe someone out there is really bored and could look into that?!


Linux weather

  • Even now that my internet is pretty good and my PC reasonably powerful, I still hate the idea of something going out to the web just to check the weather while I’m playing a game.
  • Meteo is a nice weather app in Gnome because the notifications show up in the system tray and the Gnome Top Bar for current weather conditions.
  • I have used the “curl http://wttr.in” in the command line before to view weather, and love it!  Especially the ASCII art weather clouds.
  • But honestly, lately I use our WeatherBot on Discord “It’s Raining Men” to check weather.
  • Use Weather Update panel plugin for XFCE, like a normal person.

Slice of Pi

25 pi

  • There are two Astro Pis at the International Space Station that children from the European Space Agency’s Mission Zero program can do software experiments on.
  • That’s a big number for any architecture.



  • It’s QEMU and FreeDOS.
  • This is for all my mechanic brothers & sisters out there with PCs from the 90s in the shop.
  • OnMSFT blog telling people to use Linux… Strange world!




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