LWDW 261: Microsoft Snek

Solus 4.2 nukes youtube-dl, Ubuntu 20.04.2 gets kernel 5.8 super powers, capturing gestures with Touché, and surprise Microsoft repos for Raspberry Pi OS.



00:00 Intro
07:55 Wayland by default in Ubuntu
13:31 VLC turns 20
17:51 Tuxedo Pulse 15 with Ryzen 7
21:08 Bogus USB 3 HDMI encoders
24:00 RIP Itanium CPU support
28:15 LibreOffice TNG
31:32 Jacktrip Webrtc
34:13 CLI stonk ticker
35:37 End of Pine 64 community editions
46:06 NES on the Pi Pico
48:57 Emails

Solus 4.2 Released

  • This release of Solus is so huge and with so many improvements, that I can recommend it now to people who just want to get things done on the desktop.
  • Mesa has been upgraded to 20.3.3, which introduces support for the newer AMD GPUs, Vulkan 1.2 API support and fixes for the latest games.
  • And because of the updated Linux kernel newer AMD Ryzen 5th generation processors, such as the 5600X to 5950X are supported.
  • Ctrl+F dkms still returns nothing.
  • Means you’re stuck tracking whatever NVidia driver happens to be in the repo.
  • And it means if you want to have a kernel module auto compile itself when you install a new kernel, you’re out of luck.
  • And if they don’t like your suggestion of a kernel module to be auto-tracked in the repo, well then your name is Pedro Mateus and after the third one you just give up and move to another distro.
  • Version bumps on default apps like Foxfire, Libreoffice and Thunderbirb. 
  • Ships with Linux kernel 5.10.12 and Pulseaudio 14.1 <- Automatic switching to HDMI being disabled by default.
  • New versions of Budgie, Gnome, Mate and Plasma. 
  • No option for XFCE but I don’t believe any amount of work could make it look as hideous as that lot. 
  • They removed youtube-dl because reasons. 


Ubuntu 20.04.2

  • The Ubuntu LTS point release 20.04.2 is now available with some major improvements.
  • Linux kernel 5.8 is included and was carried over from the 20.10 release last October.
  • As well as the Mesa 20.2.6 Linux graphics drivers.
  • And a huge improvement:  On every install of 20.04, regardless of the point release, you will get a new kernel release and new Mesa GPU drivers every six months until 2022.
  • They’re also bringing Thunderchicken up to v78, since the old version is now no longer getting security updates


Gesture control with Touché

  • Do you enjoy rubbing electronics in the privacy of your own home?
  • Well, you might consider looking to Touchégg. 
  • And if you need a handy GUI for configuring your rubs Touché has you covered. 
  • If you don’t want to edit XML files, this is a beautiful GUI frontend for Touchégg.
  • You get a .deb and a Flatpak!
  • My kinda packaging decision making right there.
  • And I will keep applauding, praising, and commending any and all efforts to bring previously CLI-only functionality to the 21st century.
  • Seems rather apropos, now that we’re in 2021.


Speed compile

  • I assumed everyone knew about this but blew someone’s mind with it Friday so here we are. 
  • I build a lot of custom kernels and this saves quite a bit of time. 
  • Initial build takes the same amount of time. 
  • Also, don’t get cray cray with the cache size. 
  • Now this just seems way to efficient ;-)
  • I knew about it, but had never used it, until now.


Plasma 5.21 BETA (RTheren)

  • Opening a folder as a project in KATE isn’t just welcome, it should mean legal action against whoever missed it in the first place.
  • Wayland’s equivalent to fullscreen unredirection is finally seeing the light of day.
  • Using the default theme no longer causes third party applications to crash and burn.
  • If you’re on an Intel laptop and noticed that Plasma has been getting progressively choppier, they finally noticed too.
  • Sardonic as I may be, these changes, bugfixes, and improvements, are very welcome.
  • You can now mute and unmute the microphone by clicking on its System Tray indicator with a left click.
  • Menu items in GTK-based apps are no longer too tall.
  • I was happy that this release fixes lots of paper cuts and bugs.


Scraping the bottom of the barrel

  • Honestly, I just want people to go read the comments on this one.
  • Ignore the obvious GNU copypasta trolling, there’s actually a lot of interesting stuff getting linked under there.
  • The one I wanted to highlight was there’s a “Not SystemD” search option for init systems on Distrowatch.
  • LOL:  “I don’t know which operating system you run, but I run emacs.”

Slice of Pi

Visual Pie 

  • It was added by a package called raspberrypi-sys-mods from the Foundation’s repo, so other distros are not involved.
  • If you need vscode use VSCodium.
  • That was an oops by the Raspberry Pi Foundation who should have been transparant a bit sooner.
  • People’s main gripe was that if you added the repo and Microsoft added a package to the repo to update one of the core system packages, the repo would present a newer version than what’s installed and you’d be installing software directly from Microsoft, without necessarily being aware you were doing it.
  • Which does seem a bit tinfoil-hat-like for a repo with 3 packages on it, but it is still pretty shady in how it was done.


NetStatus Dashboard

  • NetStatus is an always-on dashboard WebUI to track internet connectivity.
  • It will periodically recheck its connection and provide a live view of upload and download speed, ping, latency, or your online or offline status.
  • And was intended for use with a Raspberry Pi + 3.5″ LCD display.
  • It is easy to deploy and build on the RasPi using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on a 16GiB or greater SD card.
  • It uses the Librespeed Internet SpeedTest that we have talked about before on the backend.
  • I found this especially useful on my phone to analyze my wifi connectivity.

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