LWDW 176: 4 GeeBees

Ubuntu releases a statement on 32-bit i386 packages, Raspberry Pi announces a quad-core monster, Fedora 31 has a few surprises in store, and we chat with Nova about his upcoming AR project.

05:06 Ubuntu 32-bit support
14:08 Fedora 31 Roadmap
20:56 Zorin PC’s
23:56 GPD 2 MAX
27:43 Zen 2 leaks
33:27 Metabrainz copyright troll
36:54 Nova King interview
45:01 Raspberry Pi 4
51:35 Rock Pi
55:47 Emails


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Ubuntu 32-bit support

  • Canonical states:  “It has always been our intention to maintain users’ ability to run 32-bit applications on 64-bit Ubuntu – our kernels specifically support that.”
  • The beauty of Linux is that of supporting legacy hardware and software, and Ubuntu getting rid of 32 bit support completely would cripple apps that need it, including Lutris and Steam.
  • Canonical, you do realize that Ubuntu is the main gaming Linux distro these days?
  • After talking recently about the controversial Linux Mint article, I was just getting ready to tell everyone that the Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) would be a great alternative to Ubuntu, because Debian will continue support of 32bit libs.
  • Well then. 
  • Plan #2 is to build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS.
  • They will also be working with the WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming communities to use container technology to address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries.
    • Notice how they specifically don’t say VALVe in that bit
  • Having a contingency plan in place seems logical, doesn’t it. 
  • And no, internet, we don’t get to have a collective “we did it” party. 
  • This was done in response to projects like WINE, Steam, and Ubuntu Studio collectively saying “yeah, have fun with that.”
  • This was less of a screeching U-Turn and more of an exasperated “Fine!” after the internet went ape on them.
  • They say they had extensive discussions consulted with VALVe, but something about Plagman’s tweet seems to say that VALVe’s opinion was “If you make our life harder, we’re going to drop you harder than the Pound after Brexit”
    • Where did they say extensive?
    • SteamOS is Debian based after all!
  • Shatrealm accurately pointed out the BS 32bit excuse they tried to throw in the line of fire.
  • Hey Canonical, 32bit systems aren’t vulnerable since most don’t have any speculative execution!
  • No one is asking you to keep doing 32bit images. This very same podcast accepted that it was very much an expected thing for you to do.
  • But the internet has made it very clear how the decision to curb 32bit entirely would shake out.
  • Install Fedora, live a little. 
  • Little sad they decided against going forward. 


Fedora 31 Roadmap 

  • Pipewire is an interesting project for sure. 
  • That said, it’s not going to replace Jack anytime soon.
  • I’ve begun initial testing with pipewire + chrome + jack. 
  • On the tails of the big release of RHEL 8 which is based on Fedora 28, Fedora is getting ready for a huge update for the upcoming Fedora 31 workstation, which will progress Red Hat rpm distros even further.
  • The Fedora developers primary focus is still finishing the Wayland transition.
  • Removing their X Windowing System dependency without the need of using XWayland in the GNOME shell is their biggest goal.
  • I was really impressed with how they will implement this and still support older software:  “an X server (XWayland) would only be started if you actually run a X application and when you shut that application down the X server will be shut down too.”
  • Gamemode which optimizes gameplay on Linux, is being updated to work well with games packaged with Flatpaks.
  • They are finishing work on integrating the Dell Canvas Totem support, the device we talked about last year that is a large format graphics tablet with a stylus and also a turnable knob that can be placed onto the graphics tablet.
  • The Dell Canvas Totem is being used extensively in art, design, animation, editing and gaming houses and Red Hat rpm distros are at the forefront of this technology.
  • They’ve sent some code to NVidia so they can review and possibly make the drivers work with it.
  • If NVidia does, XWayland becomes a possibility and all of a sudden I can see myself using Wayland on this very box.


Zorin Pc’s

  • Two weeks ago we talked about the Zorin OS new version 15 release and how much we liked this Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS derivative aimed at new users to Linux.
  • Now Zorin is collaborating with Star Labs, a UK-based manufacturer specialising in computers designed for Linux.
  • Star Labs laptops are now available with Zorin OS 15 Core pre-installed.   
  • Ultrabook and netbook form factors.
  • More Linux computers for sale are always good, though I can’t imagine many of the typical users would even know about Star Labs.



  • Nice, a modern netbook/ultrabook that weighs 1.5 pounds with lots of power!
    • Has an 8.9 inch display at 2560 x 1600, up to an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage
  • The  GPD P2 Max according to their site is “The world’s smallest Ultrabook.”
  • Wimpy will probably put Ubuntu Mate on this one as well :-D
  • 8.9” is like proper netbooksville.


No one expects the Spanish embargo breaking (can be sacked if more stories arise)

  • At worse, it’s giving Jordan’s 6700K a run for the money
  • At best, it’s a 9900K for $199 MSRP
  • 7nm Zen 2 core architecture for the win!
  • If these reviews hold steady, and they look they will, I will be buying a 3600 this year!
  • It is so wonderful having AMD in the game again!  I still love running my AMD K6 every once in a while.


Brainz beat troll 

  • This is awesome news!
  • Copyright trolls thrive on people being unable or unwilling to start legal proceedings.
  • The moment the lawyers, who deserve big kudos for taking metabrainz’ case pro-bono, shot back, the case was over.
  • But the case was dismissed with prejudice, so these trolls won’t be able to try this again with Metabrainz.


Interview with Nova King (these are to short)But the 2 together are 11mins . . .

  • Nova is an amazing person and one of the smartest people I know, and has been SCaLE’s wonder kid for a long time!
  • I have been going to his incredible talks at SCaLE over the last 4 years, which were featured in the “SCaLE: The Next Generation” youth track.
  • Nova tweeted me and said “Finally making progress on my AR wayland compositor! It’s gonna be called Stardust UI! :D”
  • If you would like to contribute to Nova King’s projects or would like more information Nova can be reached at:

Slice of Pi

Pi X 4

  • Going to see if I can make one into a third Optiplex box for the studio. 
  • I know it can handle the audio, it’s seeing if the faster CPU + additional RAM can deliver the video. 
  • When they come back in stock.
  • Real 1GB ethernet.
  • 8GB variant hinted at in the manual. 
  • Nice of them to include two mini-HDMI because one of them is gonna break. 
  • Amazing!  Supports two 4k monitors via two micro HDMI ports.
  • The Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM option at $55 is truly the cheapest low-end desktop replacement computer you can buy!
  • New Raspbian operating system based on the forthcoming Debian 10 Buster, which comes with many updates, performance improvements and a more modern UI.
  • The release announcements painted a picture of a SBC which could work as a desktop replacement.
  • Granted, double Mini-HDMI 2 connectors and 4GB of RAM is kinda crazy for a system which retails for £53.
  • But it’s not a desktop replacement.
  • Even the more powerful Chromeboxes failed to deliver in that regard.


Rock Pi

  • $10 seems reasonable for something like this.
  • Heck, it comes with wifi built-in!
  • It’s a smaller and arguably more modular Pi Zero W.
  • Of course, the Zero W has a lot more support and name recognition.
  • Still, if what you want is something along the lines of the CHIP, this can probably cut it.



  • TeeHee Freso, it says “Good evening Mr. Gates, I’ll be your server today!” And has a picture of Tux the penguin getting ready to stomp on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington.
  • This was one of my first Linux shirts that I bought in the late 1990’s from Penguin Computing back in the day.
  • I wore it again to show you, and this is the first time I have worn the same Linux shirt twice on LWDW :-D  I have over a hundred Linux shirts in my collection! 

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