LWDW 228: Original Hipsters

Krita 4.3.0 is out! Swiss Army USB recovery drives, Brave browsers without the BAT, open-source NDI, and Pi powered Bluetooth radios.



01:40 Graphic PC mutilation
05:50 DNxHD with OBS
08:00 Braver browser
12:05 GNOME shell UX plans
18:40 Diskonaut
22:45 Krita 4.3.0
24:05 PhotoGIMP
27:55 Rescuezilla
31:05 Ventoy
33:55 Open-source NDI
38:00 Shameless self promotion
40:15 Hipster Pi radio
43:30 Emails

Colour key: Venn Pedro Jill


  • So you want to play with Davinci resolve. 
  • Things is, the free version has zero support for mp4 under Linux. 
  • Converting video to DNxHD is time consuming. 
  • Let’s record in the native format using OBS. 
  • Preview video on compiling OBS with a working browser source is in preview mode for Patrons. 
  • BTW early videos are in the announcements tab on Discord. 



  • Brave without the crypto credit “features” or embedded “privacy respecting” ads.
  • Yeah, Brave has a lot of features enabled by default that most people don’t dig. 
  • Use Chromium. 
  • This is like the ungoogled-chromium browser we talked about a few weeks ago, but instead of removing Google web services it is removing the pay to surf features from the Brave browser.
  • Brave is a very zippy browser, and feels a lot faster than Chromium, so Brave minus ads and crypto should be even faster.
  • Braver is looking for contributors.



  • I’m glad the Gnome UX works for somebody. 
  • I know how to get to a terminal and install XFCE. 
  • The Gnome Shell has improved visually and now is much faster, but the app grid paradigm has always bothered me.
  • As a user that prefers a traditional menu, the app grid seems disorganized and app discovery difficult.
  • I don’t like that there are several pages of apps to scroll thru.
  • You do get used to it after a while of use, but it is still a cumbersome experience for me.
  • If there was a way to satisfy the needs of traditional menu users with that of the grid layout, I am all for it.
  • I’m glad they recognize some of the issues.
  • But there’s something to be said for a well designed UI and if you absolutely need to use the search function, you made something you know doesn’t work and just put that in as a crutch.


Disco naught 

  • “RAM nom”, the file explorer.
    • Oh, it only indexes everything and doesn’t actually map everything to RAM.
    • My bad!
  • Launched it on Debian, works. 
  • Stick around for the feedback. 
  • Used cargo install diskonaut on Ubuntu and works great.
  • My largest size folder is Steam of course!
  • An interactive graphical representation of file sizes and folders in CLI, reminds me of . . .
  • Aah, yes the very simple GUI XDiskUsage.


Krita 4.3.0

  • Krita 4.3.0 has been released with lots of new features and bug fixes.
  • There’s a whole new set of brush presets that are great for watercolor painting.
  • You can now adjust the opacity and lightness on colored brush tips separately.
  • And for multi monitor setups, you can have the canvas on one screen and the tools on the other by going to the Window menu and clicking New Window.
  • The other exciting news in this release is the Android/ChromeOS Beta for Arm and Intel.


Photo GIMP

  • If you really don’t like learning new layouts. 
  • This is a simple patch for GIMP 2.10+ to make GIMP look like Photoshop and to make it easier for Photoshop users to use GIMP.
  • The tools are organized in the same position as in Photoshop.
  • And keyboard shortcuts are similar to Photoshop.
  • Hundreds of new fonts are included, which is awesome, and helps from having to hunt for them.
  • And since the GIMPshop development was put on hold 14 years ago . . .
  • I used to tell people to install GIMPPS:  https://github.com/arbaes/GimpPs
    • That repo was forked to support 2.10



  • Rescuezilla is an actively maintained fork of an old application named Redo Backup and Recovery and relies on Patreon support for continued development.
  • Added support for booting on EFI-only machines.
  • I often use GParted Live to back up individual disk partitions using one of my favourite backups utilities partimage.
  • They claim to have made Clonezilla and SystemRescueCD easy to use.
  • Bold claim there, Cotton!
  • Most of the software involved in this stuff is all CLI.
  • Did they make GUIs for everything?


Ventoy and boot your ISOs

  • Generating a boot menu is handy. 
  • Ventoy is an open source tool to create a bootable USB drive from multiple ISO files.
  • Just run the Ventoy script to a flash drive.
  • You can then copy many ISO files at a time, using command line or a file manager, and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them.
  • Being able to drag and drop ISOs on your flash drive without formatting it is so convenient.
  • Also, it supports legacy BIOS as well as UEFI.
  • And, yes, you can even boot, not just from Linux ISOs, but from the Windows 10 ISO too.
  • I wish this had been around when I effectively distro hopping.


Open-source NDI

  • The goal of this project is to provide a way to interact with NDI streams, without requiring to use a non-open-source SDK, and targeting numerous platforms.
  • It’s nice and alpha at this point. 
  • It only supports receiving at the moment but sending is in the works.
  • What I would like to see is a nice virtual cam module that can plug into chrome.
  • It’s doable but requires building ffmpeg with NDI support, keeying in the magical incantation, and setting up a loopback device. 

Slice of Pi

Hipster Pi 

  • Mopidy library (Spotify)
  • Custom NodeJS app with JohnnyFive library to read the button and potentiometer values.




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