Snaps get a boost, Edge hints at Linux support, tiling window managers for Wayland, and we chat with Luis Falcon MD President of GNU Health.
04:00 Edge on Linux
07:39 The new SUSE
11:19 LVFS Joins the The Linux Foundation
14:21 Speeding up Snaps
18:40 PPA starter pack
22:01 Sway window manager
29:52 Android on Wayland
33:13 GNU Health interview
42:21 Mate Bionic Beta
42:26 Raspberry Pi Wordclock
49:50 Listener feedback
A weekly dose of all thing Linux and open source with a slice of Pi for good measure.
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Colour key – Venn Jill Pedro
- Happy April fools!
- I said it would happen before the end of 2019.
- The page looks exactly like chrome://flags so make of that what you will.
- Venn is right, this is going to happen, especially now that Edge is switching to a Chromium base so that Microsoft can have a browser on all the things, VMs, IoT, mobile and native.
- In 2019 I really can’t fathom why Redmond is wasting time and resources on a browser.
- That effort could be better spent porting Calculator.
- It’ll be an interesting announcement, if it’s an official port.
- Microsoft has only officially confirmed a Mac version, since they already had IE over there.
- First acquired by Novell in 2004.
- Then, Attachmate, with some Microsoft funding, bought Novell and SUSE.
- Followed in 2014, when Micro Focus purchased Attachmate
- Then EQT bought it from Micro Focus for $2.5 billion.
- ETQ has since set them free.
- So yes, independent, for now.
- IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat hasn’t hurt SUSE’s IBM business, yet.
- Yeah, SUSE’s history is spotty at best for them to be making claims of independence.
- It screams more like “Why isn’t anyone looking to buy us? We like money too, you guys!”
- In 2018 SUSE’s revenue grew by 15% and is about to surpass the $400 million revenue mark for the first time.
- Almost 40% of SUSE’s revenues are in North America, this is huge growth considering a few years ago most of that revenue was from
LVFS Joins the The Linux Foundation
- Richard Hughes “Now the LVFS supports firmware updates on 72 different devices, from about 30 vendors, and has supplied over 5 million firmware updates to Linux clients.”
- This is amazing how quickly LVFS adoption has grown.
- Having the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) as a project of The Linux Foundation will accelerate its adoption in the industry even faster.
- Companies and government agencies are now writing in “must support LVFS” as part of any purchasing policy? Neat!
- Official stamp from the Linux Foundation probably stings a little when it comes to System76.
- Apparently fonts were causing load times?
- So now we’re caching fonts.
- Inclusion of fc-cache binaries in snapd 2.36.2 onwards introduces significant (2-6x) improvements in GUI application startup times.
- In 2019 my idea of acceptable startup time =’s before my finger lifts from the left clicky button mouse thing.
- Hmm, I always wondered why my 16.04 box that has slower hardware was faster at loading snaps then my 18.04 rig.
- This has always been my complaint of snaps, slower startup times and heavier on system resources.
- I am so looking forward to the continued performance improvements with snaps, so I won’t have to always look for the AppImage or Flatpak alternatives.
- What about that stupid lowercase folder in the root of your user folder?
- The biggest thing slowing down snaps on my end are the fact I’ve uninstalled snapd because of that stupid folder.
- Yes, your list (that you’ve never bothered to share) is better.
- The Proprietary GPU Drivers for NVIDIA is shockley missing.
- Along with the Chrome PPA.
- Yes, I know you are saying BUT MAH OPEN SOURCE while you waiting on Steam to finish a game download.
- I would also change the oibaf ppa to the Padoka Stable PPA.
- Feral Interactive put their stamp of approval on that latter one, so there’s probably a reason for it.
Window Manager Specially Crafted for Wayland
- Wonderful, another window manager comes to Wayland, but this is the first tiling window manager for Wayland.
- Way Cooler would argue that claim.
- I love using the i3 window manager, and Sway uses the same settings and keyboard bindings.
- Future third-party screen capture and video capture tools will be supported in Sway with Wayland via a real time screen capture protocol that has been developed and implemented.
- It looks neat but tiling window managers are allergic to my workflow.
- Until PipeWire matures and applications take advantage of it 90% of what I do can only be done on X.
- Tiling window managers make me feel like the users I help at work who have close to 0 computer experience.
- They mess with my brain so much I end up forgetting the most basic of concepts.
- That or maybe it’s because each and everyone of them has different shortcuts for everything.
- I’m sure Wayland will need tiling window managers at some point, but the kind of people who use them, will make damn sure their favorite is available and working in Wayland.
- This is a demo of a RDU2 unit running Android on top of Wayland, inside of a container, with full graphics acceleration.
- The experimental containerized Android environment is called SPURV.
- Similar in name to SPIR-V, the Vulkan memory spec.
- There’s a git lab with the sauce and instructions to get things rolling.
- I started to clone the git and then I read the instructions and thought: “Yeah! Maybe later.”
GNU Health interview
- SCaLE 17x interview with Luis Falcon MD President of GNU Health, which is a project of his GNU Solidario. http://health.gnu.org/home http://www.gnusolidario.org
Slice of Pi
- Accelerated hardware video decoding in VLC and accelerated hardware video decoding and encoding in ffmpeg.
- The Steam Link app is available for install.
- Thank you Martin Wimpress and crew of the Ubuntu MATE project.
- It is so nice to have another distro for the Pi that runs as well as Raspbian.
- Having the steam link app at an apt install reach is certainly a good thing.
- Though it was already available in Raspbian, so it’s not going to stop most people from just going with what is basically the default Pi OS.
- I would absolutely make this as a gift and it would tell time… mostly.
- It needs to, at random times, drop some insults.
- But make it spotty enough and show them for only such a short time, that people are never really sure if it really just said that.
- If you can live with the old you could get by.
- Make sure to install nux-dextop repo, you can thank me later.