Linus Torvalds shares his thoughts on the M1 Mac, PipeWire could replace Pulseaudio in Fedora 34, preserving Flash with Rust, and ASUS releases two new Tinker Boards.
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03:25 Linus on the M1 MAC
07:30 Ubuntu Web Remix
10:15 Ruffle Flash player
13:00 CamBoard whiteboard app
15:05 Ardour 6.5 VST3 support
16:45 Fedora 34 gets PipeWire
21:20 Unstable Flatpaks
24:25 GCompris turns 20
27:02 Shameless self-promotion
28:37 Clockwork Pi
31:42 ASUS Tinker Board 2
- Lots of us Linux users and developers run Linux on Macs.
- It would be nice if Apple made that official, like Dell and Lenovo.
- Like most people Linus wants an ARM laptop.
- Guessing he would be a fan of the fanless design.
- Linux on the M1 should be possible?
- Unless Apple really doubles down on the lock in, in theory you should be able to.
Ubuntu Web Remix (LinuxGNUru)
- It is so nice to see fast progress on this Chrome OS alternative that just started in the summer.
- It’s hard for me to see this as a ChromeOS alternative when ChromeOS is so lightweight and works really well on passively cooled Celerons and ARM laptops
- This runs what looks like GNOME.
- I think we have just found the answer to playing our old flash games and animations!
- Ruffle is an Adobe Flash Player emulator written in Rust, and works as a standalone app, for the web, and as a web browser plugin.
- Ruffle works great, and you can try the demo.
- It plays most flash swf games and animations, but if it doesn’t play the ones you want to play correctly consider contributing.
- This is a neat project and it’s what the Internet Archive uses to Flash all the things.
- I tried the old Isaac swf from the Humble Bundle and that’s still a slideshow
- Brilliant, a virtual white board for Zoom, Jitsi, Skype is so needed right now with so many of us at home working.
- Difficulty: Requires a printer.
- Printing the symbols out once and then reusing them can be done.
- Or if you’re skilled enough, you might be able to draw the symbols out yourself.
- Ardour 6.4 had a little issue with export so yeah, 6.5 is out and ready for consumption.
- You can build it from source as always or get it from your distribution.
- Binaries are available for backers.
- The big thing in this release is the addition of VST3 support.
- It will autohide VST2 plugins if it finds the equivalent VST3.
- That Is going to cause some confusion.
- Handling of MIDI encoders in “Generic MIDI” support is fixed.
- Websocket/JS support now properly supports MIDI strips.
- Several fixes for Ardour on RasPi.
- Nuke Pulseaudio and Jack from orbit.
- All roads will lead to PipeWire.
- This will be really big for desktop users looking to take advantage of their audio interface.
- Holding off until netjack and FFADO support lands.
- Will we have to use GNOME to test this?
- For legacy ALSA clients, there will be an ALSA plugin that routes to PipeWire.
- I still use some old music and demo apps that use ALSA and OSS, so this will be much needed!
Unstable Flatpaks (RTheren)
- This will come in handy:
- During a universal flatpak update, flatpak will now automatically add uninstall operations for end-of-life runtimes that are unused.
- Getting the OSTree metadata and setting up the prerequisites for installing a flatpak on the local system will supposedly be faster now.
- This should also allow people to only see/download a subset of flatpaks without having to have duplicate packages in the multiple repositories
- The example they give are FOSS/non-FOSS package subsets
- Yeah, GCompris is 20 years old and to celebrate, we now have version 1.0!
- The GCompris is a suite of educational software for kids that has been used for years in schools, and in Linux distros that are used to teach children computing in third world countries.
- This new version has a new Activity Settings menu with Dataset selection for more than 50 activities, allowing to choose more specifically what can be learned on the activities.
- There is a new Analog Electricity activity which teaches how to draw circuits and run their simulations.
- There are also new activities for addition, subtraction and typing as well.
Slice of Pi
- This is the DevTerm from ClockworkPi, it is an open source portable terminal for every developer and Linux nerd.
- DevTerm is an A5 sized notebook with a 6.8 inch ultrawide IPS screen and a ClockworkPI mainboard.
- You can preorder the kit starting at $219.00 and it will ship by April 2021.
- This reminds me of a mini version of the word processor I learned to type on, and one of my classic portable computers of yore.
- No 8GB no interest.
- Rockchip RK3399; already have one of those.