Linux 5.4 adds support for the exfat! Slimbook Pro X15 brings the Turing, Glimpse 0.1.0 is ready for public consumption, and Wayland fails an important test.
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03:57 Slimbook Pro X15
07:27 Glimpse 0.1.0
10:02 Audacity 2.3.3
12:57 Flan scan
15:32 Linux 5.4
21:12 Wayland yet?
27:47 Penguin subtitles
30:42 Left handed Ploopy
33:37 Blender RTX
38:57 Shameless self promotion
41:02 Pi recovery kit
Colour key – Venn Jill Pedro
- That seems a lot nicer and a heck of a better value proposition when compared to the KDE Slimbook I had a look at.
- The Slimbook Pro X15 also includes two webcams, one standard 720p and one for facial recognition.
- And, even though it has a thin profile, you can add another SSD.
- I love that the Slimbook Pro marketing campaign is using #NoMoreApplesInLinuxConferences, because that is a thing!
- And it sports many Linux operating systems of your choice including Ubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Debian, Manjaro, Zorin OS, and even an option to DualBoot Linux and Windows.
- The Glimpse 0.1.0 image editor, the fork of GIMP we have talked about, has debuted.
- Glimpse 1.0 is a vanilla version of the GIMP, without the Wilber mascot, branding and easter eggs.
- I was happy to hear that an AppImage is in the works as well.
- Okay, so this is just the rebrand for now… fair enough.
- I hope they will automate this going forward so they can pull from the GIMP Master and not have to worry about it anymore.
- Available as a Flatpak.
- They finally sorted the 4GB export restriction.
- Yes, that actually tripped me up a few times.
- When exporting the compressed audio formats AAC/M4A there are now audio settings.
- Removed some obsolete/redundant bits
- Nmap on performance enhancers
- It makes NMap slightly easier to use for this particular use case.
- Also makes it so the reports generated after scans are a lot easier to understand and action any fixes.
- This being Cloudflare, they also make it so you can upload those reports directly to the cloud.
- No joy with the Vulkan beta drivers.
- Bluetooth works again.
- EOL Dec, 2021.
- The remaining Navi 12/14 bits and support for the 3000 series APUs.
- Work on rt scheduler is underway.
- PREEMPT_RT lets you preempt when inside kernel code (ie, interrupt handlers, syscalls, device drivers, though not all code universally).
- This will save you from having to manually patch the kernel but it will not save you from the nightmare of configuring it.
- Initial exFat drivers added in this release
- Linux Kernel 5.4 has been released with lots of updates and important changes.
- The new kernel lockdown mode is now included that we talked about last month, which helps to improve the separation of the User identifier 0/UID 0, or root and the kernel.
- This goes a long way in hardening Linux from arbitrary code execution from malicious code supplied by userland processes.
- The high performance, low memory and read-only enhanced Erofs file system is now out of staging.
- This is especially good for Live USBs/CDs and firmwares for mobile phones and SoCs.
- And, as we have talked about here on LWDW, this is the first kernel release to include exFAT file system support.
- Pipewire allows for WebRTC under Wayland.
- Support is already in Chromium 53+, but needs to be manually enabled with the chrome://flags/#enable-webrtc-pipewire-capturer flag.
- xdg-desktop-portal-gtk is also required if you use Gnome (or xdg-desktop-portal-kde if you use kde).
- When games play without a hitch and spanning three monitors without issues, I will happily do Wayland!
- The problem with Wayland is that this post could have been from 5 years ago.
- I’m reading through this post about someone using ARCH!!1! and not once did they feel the need to state as much.
- That is, until you look at the comments and it’s right there in the first one.
- *golf clap*
- Mangl is a graphical man page viewer based on the mandoc library and it uses OpenGL to display man pages with clickable hyperlinks and smooth scrolling.
- Being able to use a draggable scrollbar with the mouse is so convenient, instead of having to hold the up and down arrows or pageup and pagedown for a long time.
- And the search feature on launch is so nice.
- Not going to lie, man pages died shortly after I had my first always on internet connection.
- Having a locally cached manual for everything installed is very nice to have.
- Especially one with a search function that doesn’t involve grep’ing for straws.
- The Penguin Subtitle Player allows you to change the fonts, font size and color of the subtitle text.
- This is a game changer for me, because the font sizes on most subtitles played on videos are to small for me to read.
- A sub player for Linux, which most likely will not work with that obscure player you might actually want to use it with.
- Unless you use it exclusively with Youtube to watch old public domain movies.
- They suggest getting the subtitles from OpenSubtitles.
- Yeah, now Pedro can have a Ploopy too :-D
- Yeah, now I just need to find a place with a 3D printer.
- Cambridge University 3D Printing Society.
Blend RTX (Mfoxdogg)
- Over 1K fixes and support for RTX ray tracing.
- Intel Open Image denoising made it into this one.
- The new file browser looks slightly less, ‘90s.
- Blender 2.81 includes so many important updates and fixes.
- Including a sculpting tools overhaul for better workflow.
- Updates to Grease Pencil, new brushes and tools . . .
- Updates to the real-time renderer EEVEE.
Slice of Pi
- TSA acceptance factor on this one is great, unless they ask you to open the Pelican case.
- I love the flip switches to turn everything off and on.
- Bonus points if you can rig something up to beep when the case opens.