LWDW 285: Audacity Apologizes

Audacity updates their privacy policy and issues an apology, running Android apps on your Linux phone, ARM powered gaming Chromebooks, virtual webcams in OBS, and Haiku Beta 3 adds support for Nvidia GPUs, kinda.

Special thanks:
Zyn (new patreon)
Back (new patron)



00:00 Intro
06:38 Audacity apology
10:53 Nvidia Gaming Chromebooks
18:18 Android on Linux phones
22:28 What is Ampache
25:38 Setting up OBS virtual cams
29:23 Haiku beta 3
33:28 Oh Snaps
50:28 Ottercast

Audacity U-Turn


  • No longer storing full IP. 
  • 13 year olds can use Audacity. 
  • When you build Audacity from source code all network features are excluded by default.
  • I look forward to the next one.
  • It’s no fun when they’re doing exactly what they should have been doing right from the start.
  • I was so happy to see the Audacity teams apology to the community:
    • “We are deeply sorry for the significant lapse in communication caused by the original privacy policy document.”
  • From now on they said they will communicate in a more user friendly way.




  • That would make the ARM chromebooks that much more appealing.
  • ARM can crunch the numbers if the GPU can handle the business. 
  • This is so awesome!
  • But, we are going to need greater storage capacities on our Chromebooks!
  • Downloading just one game running Steam on an x86 Chromebook can wipe out the low capacity hd storage.
  • Even if the ARM games are streamed ;-)


Android on mobile Linux



  • The biggest hurdle for Linux on mobile is apps. 
  • Windows Phone learned that the hard way. 
  • That should also make its way to desktop Wayland, there’s a lot of people who would be very happy if they could use the android versions of the Adobe crap and Microsoft Office.
  • It’s like a chroot for the android VM.
  • It is also great to see a Wayland port for an Android emulator, because eventually most Linux distros will be using Wayland.
  • And looking forward to seeing the progress on WayDroid, and an easy to use installer.
  • As well as the ability to let Android apps run as if they were native apps.


Web based audio/video streaming 


  • Two things, Plex is gonna wanna talk to you about your choice of UI layout and colors and you called your project Ampache and licensed it with AGPL 3.
    • Other way around, Plex is the new kid. 
  • Ampache is a web based audio/video streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music and videos from anywhere, from your phone, tablet or television.
  • And you can stream your music to your preferred player, control it with Localplay or directly listen on the web page with HTML5 player.
  • And synchronize your local and remote catalogs to one collection.
  • The stable demo worked great and looks good.
  • I haven’t played around with Ampache since the early 2000’s, and it has come a long way.
  • I used to use it on webOS on my Palm Pre smartphone.
  • Also the name Ampache comes from combining “Amplifier” and “Apache”.


Virtual Webcams and OBS


  • Regular webcams got you down?
  • Go virtual! 
  • That’s not how any of that works but stick with me. 
  • OBS has made it really simple to create a virtual camera that will allow you to send anything captured with OBS to Jitsi, Skype, Teams, Discord etc. 
  • Easy to setup. 


Haiku Beta 3


  • It’s not just video games that have perma-”Early Access Syndrome”
  • Support for two nvidia GPUs which seem to only exist in laptops which weren’t all that popular to begin with.
  • Only some Sony VAIOs and Acer Travelmates had those.
  • I want me some hardware acceleration for Intel Ivy Bridge, though.
  • There has been a lot of work and improvements to their WebKit based WebPositive web browser, including stability, compatibility, improved browsing and website rendering.
  • The Haiku team is always looking for contributions, both financially and with development.
  • You don’t need to memorize the incantation to get the system to boot after installing.
  • The annoying thing was that, even if the drive was improperly set up it would still claim it installed successfully and not give any indication that it wouldn’t work.


Oh Snaps



  • The Pope didn’t leave Canonical because of Snaps. 
  • He understands how you might get that impression from the tweet he posted. 
  • Partially because that’s what he said in the Tweet. 
  • Canonical is focusing on what makes money at the moment and there is nothing wrong with that. 
  • There is no motivation from IoT and enterprise to fix desktop problems.
  • Desktop doesn’t make money. 
  • As if I needed more validation on just how stupid a concept snaps were right from the get go.
  • And we’ve seen this happen, time and time again.
  • I already mentioned how upstart, Mir, and Unity vanished from the default install to be replaced by SystemD, X (and now Wayland), and GNOME respectively.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if snaps get canned the next time the IPO rolls around.
  • Canonical’s “Not Built Here” syndrome is alive and well and they’re dropping the ball again.
  • Snaps, Flatpaks and AppImages all provide more choice of installing apps on Linux.
  • There is huge potential for Snaps if Canonical would focus on fixing its bugs.

Slice of Pi



  • The OtterCastAudioV2 is an open-source audio streaming device running Linux created by Kitspace.org.
  • It is based on a Sochip S3 SoC with an Audio Line Out, Headphone out, Audio In, WiFi, ethernet and USB sound card mode.
  • It features a Webinterface, shairport-sync, snapcast server, Spotify Connect and pulseaudio sink/source.
  • Kitspace are currently planning a small batch production run, but you can run your own if you like.
  • I love that the OtterCast is an SBC that is round, and not the usual rectangle or square.
  • And that there is another open source project like Lutris that has a Sea Otter as its mascot :-)
  • Does Strider know about this? I feel like Strider should know about this.
  • We shall never know what happened to V1. 
  • Wouldn’t mind some tehternoodle. 
  • Regardless, I do love me some otters.

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