The 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 is here! Lenovo brings Linux to the ThinkPad, Mint 20 disables Snap, and Snakeware wants to Python your desktop.
Special tanks to:
Aldius (Yoga pants & UPS)
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03:20 Tuxedo launches new Ryzen laptops
08:05 Lenovo brings Linux to the ThinkPad
11:45 Linux 5.7 change log
14:55 Mins removes Snap
22:00 Linux Lite 5.0
26:25 E-paper Tablets
34:35 Microsoft gets got
40:57 Shameless self promotion
42:37 Yoga pants
45:52 8GB Pi
Colour key: Venn Pedro Jill
- This is the actual laptop, not the desktop replacement we talked about 2 weeks ago.
- It comes with a Ryzen 5 3500U and a 91Wh battery.
Having Dell’s Cake and Eating it too
- It’s not just Fedora!
- Lenovo will be bringing the red fedora and the purple and orange debian respin we all know and love not just to their P series thinkpads but also thinkstations.
- Offering a preloaded Fedora image, wow.
- Don’t want to be tech support for that.
- This is huge and so exciting and means more adoption of Linux on the desktop!
- And it is not just one or 2 models of laptops or computers, but all their workstations.
- In April when we talked about Lenovo having Fedora preinstalled and supported on their laptops, Lenovo had hinted at more Linux distributions coming to their computers.
- Last Sunday Linux kernel 5.7 was released, and it includes lots of important updates.
- As we have been talking about coming here on LWDW, the new exFAT driver from Samsung is included in this release.
- This more modern exFAT driver replaces the existing Microsoft one which was older.
- Linux 5.7 also introduces thermal pressure checking to the task scheduler, which improves performance when CPUs are overheating.
- ACPI support for USB interface devices, so you can now perform power management and monitor the status of USB devices on Linux.
- Play stupid games with stupid prizes.
- No more surprise Snap when you go to install Chromium on Mint.
- Keep in mind this was done to make Chromium easier to maintain.
- They really should update their Debian based version.
- You know what, just install Debian and be done with it.
- The chromium-browser.deb that apt installs being turned into a metapackage for snap and the Chromium snap is not cool.
- I had mentioned it the last time we addressed snaps on the podcast.
- Canonical, I’m talking to you now, do you remember the Unity DE? Do you remember upstart? Do you remember Mir?
- Those all had one thing in common with snaps, and it’s you forcing them down people’s throats.
- I am really not thrilled with running Chromium as a snap, but understand the reasons behind it.
- I have been switching to Chrome on the computers I run Chromium on for this reason and use Vivaldi and Brave as my default Chromium experience.
- Proper UEFI support, newer version of Whisker, screensavers!
- One of my favorite light Linux distros just got a major release, Linux Lite 5.0!
- Supports HiDPI Settings in the Settings menu.
- Lite Welcome screen and Lite User Manager now updated to GTK3 and Python3.
- And Chrome replaces Chromium in the Lite Software center, and I am sure for reasons we talked about earlier.
- Hey, it runs Gnome so that’s impressive on its own.
- There is a market for Epaper tablets for browsing but good luck finding one.
- So what’s the catch? Price & getting stabby with an iron.
- I have always wanted one of these, but ouch, the price!
- The reMarkable 1 when it was launched in 2017 was $599.
- But now the reMarkable 1 is just $299!
- Also, the new reMarkable 2 is available for preorder at just $399.
- Drawing windows directly to the framebuffer with Python for fun and… what’s that smell?
- Yeah! That games bit. Are they just using something like Xephyr to run X in a window and that’s where the games live?
- I like that approach, but that’s probably not how they’re doing it.
- There’s a decided lack of Python in Xephyr.
- This is brilliant, and since Python is one of the easiest languages to learn and great for beginners, and advanced users alike, this distro is simple to contribute to.
- There have been other framebuffer window systems, like Winnie released in 2013, but it is not currently active.
- I have always been fascinated by the capabilities of the framebuffer, and have spent many hours watching mplayer videos in it.
- Having a GUI work in it is amazing!
- Wrong, this is just wrong …I approve.
- The Register with the hot takes!
- Pennywise posted the update after Microsoft’s acknowledgment to our Discord
- That’s a click-bait headline if I ever saw one.
- Microsoft got caught using bad open source business practices.
- And needs to give Keivan Beigi credit, where credit is due.
- I do understand why the name is WinGet though and not “Microsoft AppGet”, because that sounds too much like apt-get.
- Worse case: MS brought the dude in to pick his brain under the guise of getting hired.
- Best case: MS brought the dude in and went yeah, no.
- I know nobody wants to hear that but I’ve been on the hiring side and have done just that.
- I’ll go out on a limb and say it was a little of both.
- When a company wants to have a multi-hour chat about things you are working on that’s called consulting.
- Do what I do, bill them for it, hard.
Slice of Pi
8GB RasPi is here! (strider)
- 64bit Raspbian is the bigger news.
- And it is no longer called Raspbian, but Raspberry Pi OS.
- And some of the new features in both the 64bit and 32bit Raspberry Pi OS are:
- There is a new Bookshelf application for viewing the whole catalog of PDFs from the Raspberry Pi Press, including their free books and magazines, The MagPi, HackSpace and Wireframe.
- A new Magnifier app for the visually impaired custom made for the Pi.
- And when you launch Chromium on a new image there is a short questionnaire on what users are doing with their RasPis.