LWDW 230: Split In Your Pi

MaXX Interactive Desktop revives the IRIX goodness, LibreOffice explains the “Personal Edition” label, TTY display managers, and bringing Dex back to Linux.

Special tanks to: Kaptain_zero



03:05 LibreOffice personal edition
06:50 Dex on Linux
09:50 MaXX Desktop
13:50 CLI TTY Emptty
16:50 Tauon Music Box
20:30 Top Linux podcasts
23:00 Shameless self promotion
25:45 Speedy Pi
31:10 Emails

Colour key: Venn Pedro Jill

Impersonal Edition

  • So, in the latest RC,  LibreOffice came labelled as “Personal Edition”.
  • Some people freaked the heck out thinking there would be a monetized version coming as well.
  • Apparently, they weren’t entirely wrong.
  • There’s currently an ongoing debate to maybe have a Red Hat style paid for license for big business.
  • Honestly, that makes sense in the stupid way of thinking big business works.
  • They made a whoopsie and showed off something they were not ready to talk about just yet. 
  • Getting software approved for Enterprise starts with “who do we blame when it goes wrong so it’s not my fault”.
  • That’s reality, deal with it. 
  • Going to community forums for a show stopping bug is a non starter. 
  • The five year plan makes sense for starting a business model.
  • Especially because of the growth of LibreOffice in the enterprise and government sector.
  • This should include the online suite that they have been playing with for quite some time.



  • If you really and I mean really want to play with Dex on Linux there is a way. 
  • You’re going to need a HDMI Dummy Terminator and a USB-C dock. 
  • Along with the ability to compile a little code. 
  • Since Samsung killed the Linux beta this is your only option. 
  • This does seem like a lot of work.
  • Although a lot of people missed having the Samsung “Desktop eXperience” on Linux.
  • It uses scrcpy, which we’ve talked about before.
  • It just renders the image being sent to the dummy plug directly on your Linux.


MaXX Interactive Desktop 2.1

  • A reimplementation of the IRIX desktop from SGI machines running on Linux.
  • Is tailored for CG Artists and animators in the Motion Pictures and Special Effects Studios.
  • I used IRIX on my SGI machines to learn Alias Wavefront, now Maya, back in the day.
  • A low resource, low memory and fast desktop for rendering.
  • This is a continuation of the 5dwm.org project released many years back. 
  • They provide an install *.sh for RH, Ubuntu, Debian and Arch. 
  • 64-bit only. 
  • Consider getting this packaged. 
  • Indigo Magic Desktop was one of the very first comprehensive desktop environments to be deployed on UNIX.
  • You can now switch from Classic SGI to Modern look with only one click of the mouse.
  • Unicode, UTF-8 and Anti-aliased text support.
  • Improved Xinerama support.
  • A gang of bug fixes. 
  • Thankfully desktops have evolved since the 90’s. 
  • This looks like a whiz bang action distraction mess compared to my XFCE desktop. 



  • CLI Display Manager on TTY.
  • So it’s not a Mike Teehan To Yourself?
  • I’m disappoint!
  • So this means I can have 64 tty instances of Empty on Debian ;-)


Tauon Music box 

  • Kinda reminds me of Amarok.
  • Can stream from PLEX. 
  • Last.fm scrobbling.
  • Available as a Flatpak.


Top Linux podcasts 

  • It’s nice to be in the top 15 :-)
  • This list includes a lot of my favourites.
  • My bad.
  • “I asked this question on social media…” “Based on the feedback…”
  • I’m surprised those many people would admit to listening to this nonsense!
  • Hello new people! 
  • I don’t know if you are listening but you are downloading quite a bit. 
  • Speaking of …

Slice of Pi


  • Random reads are 35% faster, and random writes are 20% faster.
  • Could come in handy if you are making a Pi NAS. 
  • The SCSI standard uses constant bitrate instead of burst.
  • Which makes copying large files much faster and consistent.
  • I have a lot of vintage SCSI drives in this room!


A nice change 


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