LWDW 180: Yoga Posers

Dropbox brings back support for XFS, VLC debunks reports of a critical security issue, Firefox adds breach protection, and the CTO of Red Hat does an AMA. All this, plus your emails.

Dropbox FS support
08:47 VLC vulnerability
11:04 Germany bans Microsoft
14:00 Firefox databreach protection
16:17 Red Hat CTO AMA
19:13 OBS NDI
22:54 AXIOM Beta
27:02 Mix 1S YOGA
34:01 Oracle Pi
36:58 Emails


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A weekly dose of all thing Linux and open source with a slice of Pi for good measure.



Colour key – Venn Jill Pedro

Firefox security feature

  • This is coming for Firefox 70.
  • In a world with several petabytes worth of breached credentials, this becomes a necessity.
  • Mozilla has been implementing a lot of forward thinking security measures in Firefox, and they have been talking about their partnership with the Have I Been Pwned data breach site for quite some time.
  • This is a beautiful implementation of that partnership to protect users data.


VLC alert

  • While unexploited, this one is bad. 
  • An attacker can exploit a vulnerability in VLC to execute arbitrary code, create a denial of service state, disclose information, or manipulate files.
  • A patch is in the works. 
  • Now go download RealPlayer. 
  • In an updated tweet VLC themselves now say the original report was based on an outdated version and it was the fault of libebml
  • According to them, version is not vulnerable.



  • This is good to know. 
  • Lots of questions about Red Hat getting Solarised. 


Cloudy Deutschland

  • I find it refreshing that Germany is banning Office 365 because it can’t guarantee what student data is being sent back to Microsoft.
    • “You can’t solve this problem by asking users for consent, the HBDI added. If you can’t be certain what data Microsoft collects or how the company will use it, then you can’t give informed consent.”
  • Good!
  • Maybe Munich will end up coming back around!


Dropbox FS support

  • No ReiserFS? 
  • Last August we talked about Dropbox dropping support for ZFS, XFS, Btrfs and eCryptFS on Linux, and now they are bringing it back!
  • Dropbox is backpedaling because they realize many of their clients live in a containerized world with multiple file systems.
  • Turns out that this was bad for people or businesses using encrypted Ext4, or the widely used XFS file system in their workflow.
  • Someone forgot servers usually use XFS and ZFS, didn’t they?
  • Or like Jill mentioned, encrypted ext4.
  • Let’s be honest, this didn’t affect your average Desktop user. 
  • I say this as someone using XFS. 
  • Aaand companies affected by this have found other solutions. 
  • Silly move by Dropbox. 



  • This has been out for a while but it’s always been a little iffy on Linux. 
  • That is, until now. 
  • The 4.6.0 from March is (by all accounts) rock solid. 
  • Latency in “normal” mode is about that of the HDMI encoder. 
  • Bit higher overhead since it has to do the network conversion. 
  • Using around 15MB/s to send 720p 60 without audio. 
  • Did I mention it can send audio?
  • Brought to you by NewTek, the company who invented the TriCaster live production audio/video/effects mixer, the Video Toaster and Lightwave 3D animation software.



  • I want to play with one, hard, but that price is eye-watering. 
  • Working with some of the folks from Magic Lantern, the group making the open source firmware for Canon EOS cameras. 
  • €4’000 for the devkit!
  • AXIOM is a fully customisable open source camera, both in hardware and software that can adapt to users needs.
  • It’s hardware, like sensors, FPGAs, and other components can be swapped out and upgraded, and the Linux OS can be modified or upgraded with changes to the hardware.  Brilliant!
  • Yes, the price may be steep, but consider not having to buy a new high end camera every few years for new features and spending $1000+ each time, instead you can upgrade your camera like you do your PC and make it last for many years to come.
  • All that said, people in this price range aren’t buying kit cameras. 
  • Especially when you live in the world of $1,200 Black Magic 4K (real 4K) pocket cinema cameras. 
  • This is prosumer hardware and priced accordingly. 
  • It’s still a bargain when you consider a RED dragon brain is going to run you 14K on the low low low end. 
  • And hey, open source! 



  • It is one of the smallest and most affordable mini-laptops, or Ultra Mobile PCs in this space at just $440.
  • This model does not come with a backlit keyboard, probably to bring the price down and generate less heat.
  • It is unique from the GPD Pocket in that it uses a convertible tablet-style design.
  • Ask yourself, how often do I misplace the remote / tablet. 
  • $400 gets you
    • 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen display w/optional pen support (Goodix pen)
    • 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 3965Y dual-core processor w/Intel HD 615 graphics
    • 8GB of RAM
    • 128GB PCIe NVMe solid state storage
    • 802.11ac WiFi
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • CNC Aluminum chassis
  • It folds like a tablet and I like that. 
  • Thicc 7” is pretty good!

Slice of Pi

Oracle Pi 

  • We need Strider to give a try.
  • This is Oracle’s development preview for the ARM architecture, specifically for use with the Raspberry Pi 3.
  • Included in the preview is the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5, based on the upstream 4.14 kernel.




  • We’re on the same boat!
  • With the 1600 I had the k10temp at least.
  • With the 3700X I have nothing.

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