Firefox Private Network enters closed beta! Pipewire learns how to Jack, GIMP transforms 3D, and the Raspberry Pi 4 pulls a sneaky.
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03:40 Mozilla VPN
06:40 eXtern OS
12:40 Discord discord
18:20 Pipewire 0.3.0
23:20 GIMP 2.10.18
28:00 Shameless self promotion
32:46 Pi loads
36:21 New Pi 4
Colour key – Venn Jordan Pedro
- Mozilla has just launched a standalone VPN app for Android.
- The Firefox Private Network VPN app in the Google Play Store for Android is available for a limited time beta price of $5 a month.
- This news comes just after the Mozilla layoffs we talked about in January, and Mozilla is hoping this will increase their revenue.
- I look forward to trying a Linux desktop client of Firefox VPN.
- Heck! I’d be okay with them not releasing a dedicated client for Linux but at least a script to set it up with Network Manager, like PIA does for non-Ubuntus.
- US only, currently.
- eXtern is an Operating System that offers a unique user interface and user experiences compared to traditional systems.
- It enables a new way of writing applications with all Web technologies.
- Something something Node.js.
- Version 2.2.2 Beta has a gang of new keyboard shortcuts for the video player.
- Multiple instance support for the terminal.
- And a fix for the file managers scrollbar.
- “I’ll upload as much of the source code as I can on my GitHub once I get my laptop back and have time to do some cleanup of my code.”
- Not open source yet, then. Gotcha!
- Also not sure if I trust it.
- Having a dedicated OS focused on Node.js and app and web development is quite nice.
- I tested the live USB, and EXtern OS has a slick and custom UI that was created with NW.js, and looks a lot like Windows 10.
- Transparency all the things!!
- And it’s nice to have another unique experience based on web technologies, like that of the Jade desktop environment on the Manjaro WebDad distro we talked about last July.
- I’m going to go out on a limb and say gatekeeping is a larger threat.
- If you care about privacy above all else, Discord is not for you.
- But if you are looking for people with time on their hands that may be able to help, it’s a pretty good place to meet like minded individuals.
- These issues are the same across the most popular social networking apps and services, including Google, Facebook, Twitter . . .
- And you can’t use the Tor browser to access most of them either.
- The PipeWire devs would love for people to test the latest version and give them feedback.
- Jack support is making progress but it’s still very much early days.
- The ALSA backend is stable but Pulse needs work as well.
- I really want to live in the world where one system handles all the backend nonsense and if Wesley Pipes delivers it will be happy days.
- I hope it will be the one sound framework to unify them all!
- But I’mma need functionality on par with pavucontrol for managing sound sinks, if it hopes to have any kind of a chance.
- Still relying on GStreamer for some bits… I thought the point was to shed the need for GStreamer.
- Gimp 2.10.18 has been released, and it has something I have been wanting for a long time, a new 3D transform tool!
- This allows you to rotate and move 2D layers on the X,Y,Z axis.
- It’s what we call 2.5D, and is a part of all industry standard graphics and animation apps, including Adobe’s.
- The toolbox is more consolidated and organized and similar tools are now grouped together.
- The toolbox is also highly customizable, unlike Photoshop ;-)
- Better support for Photoshop .psd files.
- More functionality in GIMP is always welcome.
Slice of Pi
- High quality and commercial power supply testers can be quite expensive, and if you have the know how, this is a great way to save money and challenge yourself.
- The power supply for this setup gets up to 75C, that’s pretty toasty!
- Especially in a PETG case.
- Unlike some other devices this one seems, trusty.
- Guess it took a while to do the tooling on this one!
- This revision was pushed out nice and quietly so people wouldn’t stop buying the old one with absolutely nothing wrong with them.
- The previous one works, if you use the official power supply.