Ubuntu invites you to play with their hairy hippo, Google make Chromium less useful, Android on RISC-V is now a thing, and System76 has a battery powered Dart.
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Benjamin (new patron)
06:50 Rocky Linux community update
09:55 System 76 Darter
13:48 Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo
16:25 Google plugs Chromium
21:50 Brave enables IPFS
25:00 Android on RISC-V
28:15 Second monitor with Deskreen
32:05 OBS looking for Appimage testers
36:05 Out of shout and shameless self-promotion
38:35 Raspberry Pi Pico
43:55 Sprinkler Pi
- Backend stuffs should be ready by month’s end, which is amazing!
- The teams need people interested in helping out with debranding and audits.
- Help with documentation and end-product testing is something you can help out with as well.
- Everything including the needed skills can be found in this forum post.
- They already even have merch at the official Rocky Linux store, and are looking for ideas for merch from the community.
- System76 has just released a new model of their light, sleek and portable Darter Pro laptop.
- 9 hours of battery life!
- 3.84 pounds
- System76 Open Firmware
- Starting at $1,099
- 11Gen Core i5 or i7, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM
- Until they start packing those 3nm i3’s Intel is paying TSMC for, I really don’t care for intel laptops anymore.
‘Hirsute Hippo’ (RTheren)
- Ubuntu is getting ready to release a “Harry Hippo” LOL ;-)
- Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsute Hippo’ is scheduled to release on April 22, 2021, with a few changes to look forward to, and a few things that will be missing.
- And as we have talked about before, this short-term release will not include GNOME 40.
- The Ubuntu devs need more time.
- No GTK4.
- Ubuntu 21.04 makes the home folder private by default now and no longer ‘world readable’ for unencrypted home folders.
- The nightlies are available for download right now if you want to kick the proverbial tires.
- Ok, Google killing a project is not surprising, but reducing the abilities of the open source Chromium Browser from which Chrome is based on, what!
- At least the Chromium based Vivaldi and Brave web browsers have their own sync protocols so they shouldn’t be affected.
- Use Chrome or Chrome beta if you need the sync or better yet, Firefox.
- Google said it completed an audit, and was restricting the open source version of Chrome from accessing those APIs “that are only intended for Google’s use”.
- This is a preemptive action by the Fedora team.
- Google gave builders the API keys needed for this back in 2013.
- This is not closing a security hole it’s Google being Google.
- Sync service will nope officially on March 15.
- I’m glad I haven’t been using Chromium lately except for Jitsi.
- Until they disable WebRTC in the open source version I can’t see that changing for me.
- If however you were using Chromium, I’m guessing this includes ChromiumOS, you will want to look at using Chrome proper and Project Croissant respectively.
- The idea of a completely decentralized interweb will need stuff like this to be feasible.
- I’m still not touching Brave with a 10-foot pole, but it’s good to know it’s there.
- This is the first step in adoption of the decentralized web of the future, and making it available to the average user.
- The social networking Fediverse of Matrix, Mastodon and PeerTube is starting to become more popular.
- But a way to surf decentralized is truly going to launch the platform.
- Android on RISC-V, now that the chips are cheaper, I saw this coming.
- I want that dev board or something like it.
- To carry around as my daily driver.
- Running android opens a long long list of software that’ll basically run as is.
- And it gives less tech savvy developers something common to target.
- This is an inexpensive, or free, way to make any screen in your house, whether it be a smartphone a tablet or a TV, a second monitor.
- Electron and WebRTC to the rescue.
- Think of this as a in home jitsi instance
- They are working on simplifying things at the moment.
- Appimage, deb, and rpm.
- There are several ways to set up a second screen so this is going to boil down to performance and ease of use.
- If you want a completely separate “screen”, rather than a mirror of one, you need to use a Dummy plug for now.
- They’re asking for people with the chops to help them get around that
- Looking for testers on Fedora, Gentoo, CentOS, and any Debian based OS.
- Give it a try and report back if you have a chance.
Slice of Pi
- The Raspberry Pi Pico has been released and is available for only $4!
- It’s the Raspberry Pi Foundations first microcontroller for your projects.
- It uses the new RP2040 microcontroller chip and has a Dual-core Arm Cortex-M0+ processor with a flexible clock running up to 133 MHz.
- 264KB of SRAM
- And has 26 multifunction GPIO pins, including 3 analogue inputs.
- You use Pico Python or C/C++ SDK to program and control the Pico.
- I very much look forward to the inevitable handheld gaming system powered by this.
- Keep it under £30 and I’ll even buy one.
- Don’t blame the dog for pooping wherever they happen to be, blame the human who doesn’t pick up after their pet.
- This is exactly what this is aimed at, making the human deal with the smell of wet dog to hopefully stop their pet from pooping in your yard.