Twitch gets a Linux tag! Edge overtakes Firefox, reverse engineering the PineCone, pure-rust Tor implementations, and streaming Raspberry Pi games to the Gameboy Advance with a link cable.
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03:43 Linux tag on Twitch
06:13 Ubuntu 21.10 progress
09:08 Freeing the PineCone
13:58 Expressive Animator
17:38 A pure-Rust Tor implementation
21:33 Edge overtakes Firefox
28:58 A looks at Microsoft’s Linux distro
33:38 Gameboy remote play with Pi
Linux tag on Twitch
- After what seems like eleventy years Twitch finally did it.
- You can now add the Linux tag to your streams.
- Now we need to start the petition for a Linux category.
Ubuntu 21.10 progress (RTheren)
- Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ will be released on October 14, 2021, and here is a progress report of new features thus far.
- Ubuntu 21.10 will probably ship with GNOME 41, since it is released in September.
- Ubuntu will still use the Ubuntu Dock on the left side of the screen, instead of at the bottom like GNOME 40.
- Wayland will be enabled by default for NVIDIA drivers users.
- Yaru light theme by default.
- I am going to install it when it comes out or at least after the feature freeze.
- I want to know how many extensions they’re using this time around, just to be able to use GNOME 41 as the default.
Freeing the Pinecone
- Pine64’s effort to open source Bluetooth and WiFi will also be great for the RISC-V community and adoption.
- Having a completely open sauce wireless comms stack would be awesome!
- But the FCC might not like it.
- So, we’ll keep having to swap the proprietary bits for open sauce ones either on our end, or if Distro developers are feeling particularly adventurous.
- Part of the Nutcracker challenge.
- Working towards a blob-free PineCone.
- Lee has done a lot of legwork toward creating a Open Source WiFi Driver for BL602.
- There is a new 2D motion graphics and vector animation program available for Linux, Expressive Animator!
- It is currently under development, and not all the features work yet, but will in the future..
- And it works in the Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser, or as a standalone application for Linux via NPM or Yarn.
- I tested the browser preview and it does work great in the Chrome browser.
- I was able to add star shapes, animate their positions, transform them via scale and rotate, change their opacity, and change their colors easily with an animated color cycle.
- The playback of the animation was smooth.
- It is very stable.
- And you can save your file locally.
- It is so nice to have a 2D vector motion graphics option that is open source that you can use on Linux.
- There are no other Adobe After Effects alternatives on Linux that are open source, other than Natron, which I use and love.
- Expressive Animator is more for animation so far, than 2D post production effects.
- Blender, Natron, Nuke and Houdini come to mind.
- This is not designed to tango with any of the above.
- Hmmm, NPM.
- A whole lot of this.
- I tinkered with the web demo and that’s it until some packages pop up.
- I’ll defer to Jill on this one, because I’d really rather not.
- Until it has support for SVG import and export there is not much you can do with it.
- But keep an eye on it because we do need a Tux Pain equivalent for 2D animation.
Rusty Tor (RTheren)
- Coding Tor in Rust can make it even more secure, and will probably have the result of making the software even faster.
- These are some of the reasons why Rust is being suggested for Linux Kernel development.
- Rust might be close to surpassing Ruby at this point.
Edging out Firefox
- I was sad to hear this, because now the top 3 browsers are Chromium or WebKit based, but it was expected.
- Especially since it was rolled out to millions of people via a Windows 10 update since June.
- And, the Microsoft Edge web browser is actually quite good, responsive, and works beautifully on Linux.
- I suppose it was inevitable.
- It’s hard to compete against the browser that’s installed by default in the highest share operating system.
- Things have come full circle.
- IE was so bad Firefox was able to come in and eat away its market share.
- We’re talking so bad people went out and installed a new browser bad.
- Then Firefox became bloated and stagnant.
- This allowed Google to launch Chrome, a browser that (le gasp) didn’t support plugins.
- Plugins or not Firefox was such a bad experience at the time people jumped shipped to Chrome, myself included.
- Firefox has been trying to course correct but it’s been slow going.
- Now Chromium based Edge sits in third position, behind only Chrome (65.27%) and Safari (18.34%).
- Morbid curiosity got the best of someone.
- Very close to PhotonOS and not necessarily recommended for general use.
- Was SONiC a little too tightly integrated to Azure that they needed a slightly more generalized one for prototyping?
Slice of Pi
- Has anyone made a proper wireless link for the GBA yet?
- And no, I don’t mean the official one that requires you to breach social distancing.
- Useful? No.
- Neat? You betcha.