Xfce is back in openSUSE! MPEG returns to Fedora, installing LXDE on your kindle, and a chat with Katherine Druckman from Linux Journal.
04:04 systemd 242
06:44 MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 on Fedora
10:15 Xfce is back in openSUSE
11:50 Visual Studio Code Without Trackers
14:08 Pinephone development kit
16:27 LXDE on Kindle
18:47 Python WiFi
20:24 Future of Linux
22:57 300 Motherboards for Ryzen 3000
27:47 Linux Journal interview
31:51 Shameless self promotion
34:33 Raspbian updated
36:20 Waking up with Pi
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- systemd-analyze cat-config is a new feature to display configuration spread over multiple files, such as system and user presets and udev rules.
- It is similar to systemctl cat, but works on config files.
- Using a supported boot loader like SD boot, systemctl can be used to request a reboot into the boot loader menu or a specific boot loader entry with the new –boot-load-menu= and –boot-loader-entry= options to a reboot command.
- A system may now be booted with systemd.volatile=overlay on the kernel command line.
- This could be used for a boot and nuke setup since the underlying root device is not modified, and any changes are lost at reboot.
- Think classroom PC… or someone who can’t computer PC.
- More ways to customize your GNU+SystemD distro.
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 no longer under patent constraints (RTheren)
- MPEG-4 expires 2027.
- RH has been the only holdout?
- It’s about time, especially given how most people don’t even see .mpg’s nowadays.
- How about you open the sauce to .wma/.wmv codecs, Microsoft?
- And no one today would really care if the H.263 format patent was released, unless you want to recreate the low quality RealVideo codec.
- Wonderful, in the early 90’s in the days of Video CDs with the advent of MPEG-1, and later as Super Video CDs and DVDs were becoming a thing with MPEG-2, I authored and produced animations for musicians for concerts as a college student.
- MPEG-1 and 2 were the bread and butter of the broadcast industry and helped launch my career in professional animation.
- As we talked about last week in our feedback, xfce is now a default desktop manager available once again in the openSUSE Tumbleweed DVD and net installer.
- Also there are live xfce images for openSUSE Tumbleweed as well, and now the Open Build Service to customize your own openSUSE distro has xfce as an option.
- There is a new project in the Open Build Service (OBS), which builds Xfce software from Xfce Git Master branch.
- That’s actually rather neat since building XFCE can be a special little nightmare.
- openSUSE has always had beautiful integration with the OS and desktops. Their KDE implementation has always been one of my favorites, stable and smooth.
- Their xfce variant is no exception, and is fast and beautiful.
- XFCE German translation, ordentlich!
- Better than leaving people stuck with GNOME!
Visual Studio Code Without Trackers
- All of the horror that is Visual Studio code with none of the tracking.
- Using a questionable roundabout way to do it.
- It has a decent debugger.
- I guess there is an entire industry of people who like visual studio and getting the shortbus edition without the tracking bits is appealing to them.
- Use geany, or ATOM if you have an irrational hatred for your DDR sticks.
- There are many complaints of Visual Studio Code running slow on the proprietary OSs, such as macOS, so maybe this de-tracked alternative will do just the trick and run faster.
- This is shaping up to be a nice entry level Linux smartphone that could sell for as little as $149.
- Is this the low-end model with proprietary compromises to Librem’s “high-end”?
- $150 is certainly within the range of a “Neat” purchase.
- I installed Mplayer on my Kindle Touch back in 2011, so I could play internet radio, videos and music :-D
- Yeah, YouTube videos played back at an even slower frame rate than a more modern Kindle, but it was nice having the incredible battery life while doing so!
- I do remember installing Debian on one of my Kindles as well.
- Falls squarely into the neat but of questionable use category but don’t let that stop you from having a go.
- And this kids, is why refresh rates matter.
- Oh Python, is there anything you can’t do, poorly.
- Network_switcher.py will jump to the strongest signal in your house.
- This can be especially useful when you have multiple wifi networks running at different frequencies as well, 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz.
- Whatever you do, don’t stop at the halfway point between two access points.
- It was great to hear that two of the kids got started using Linux on RasPis. And what a better testament to the spread of open source can you get then the Raspberry Pi project!
- So… the future of Linux is dual booting?
300 Motherboard for Ryzen 3000
- Not Linux related but something a know a lot of people are curious about.
- Microcode version 0.0.7.x are said to be compatible with 3rd generation Ryzen processors.
- Here is a list.
Linux Journal interview
- SCaLE 17x interview with Katherine Druckman Director of Digital Experience at Linux Journal and Co-host of the Reality 2.0 Podcast at Linux Journal: https://www.linuxjournal.com/podcast
Slice of Pi
- For the first time this year Raspbian has been updated, and offers Linux kernel 4.14.98, Chromium 72, VLC 3.0.6, and performance improvements to the SDL library, to name but a few.
- That bell and the ceiling around it would meet an untimely end with me!
- After you wet the bed.