System76 is giving away a $10,000 PC! 3DFX threatens to return from the dead, KDE tackles HiDPI on X11, Windows as a service is now a thing, and official SATA support for the Raspberry Pi.
08:21 System76 $10K PC Giveaway
12:16 Better HiDPI for KDE
15:11 Pulseaudio 15
19:36 Github offers DMCA legal help
23:16 Purism woes
29:21 3DFX is back?
37:06 Renting Windows
50:06 SATA comes to the Pi
- This is not an ad, just a heads up.
- System76 has a $10,000 marketing budget for Aug-Sep.
- Configuration total $8,954.00.
- And that’s for a 24-core TR system that I would use here in the studio.
- No TR Pro options, I am disappoint.
3DFX is BACK!?
- A new account @3dfxofficial posted something that can only be described as an epic troll, clever marketing, or a bold claim.
- I don’t expect anything from the announcement but hey, it’s fun to speculate.
- 3DFX is back via Jansen investment company who have acquired the assets.
- They will return this winter with new graphics cards, smartphones, TVs, and soundsystems.
- I had the Voodoo 1 and rode the 3DFX train all the way into the 5500 station.
- Why? Because they had official Linux support back in the 90s.
- I wanted this to be a nostalgia grab from Nvidia but they let the trademark lapse.
- I still use and love my Voodoo1 and 2 in my old machines.
- And this Voodoo3 from 1999 is still in box!
- I want more competition, but I’m not sure a boutique GPU from 20 years ago is exactly what I had in mind.
- It pains me that we are struggling with hidpi in 2021.
- Lots of paper cuts have been fixed, including the system tray highlight line is now at the top of the panel for the selected applet.
- There’s many teeny tiny elements in KDE that all need to be made DPI aware.
- ISOs are still seen as 3D model files by Dolphin, so the mimetype issue is still very much present.
- Pinning down the notification slider now actually makes things stay pinned, rather than closing at random·
Pulse Audio 15
- Lots of new hardware support including the SteelSeries Arctis 9 USB gaming headsets.
- I have this headset and it used one of the rare sound chipsets that wasn’t supported on Linux until now.
- And support for the Sennheiser GSX 1000 and 1200 PRO USB DACs for gaming.
- No longer depends on X modules to work in wayland.
- Autoloads Jack modules when Jack starts
- And you can load alsa configs from $HOME
Github legal support
- Member when YouTube did this?
- Just on the heels of the youtube-dl fiasco.
- Way to go Github and Microsoft!
- This is huge, and one of the largest projects in the world to support open source developers with legal counsel.
- Youtube-dl and re3 were two very prominent projects which got taken down spuriously.
- Re3 more than youtube-dl, but they were both taken down by people who don’t really understand what they were and Github has drawn the ire of a part of its community.
- The same part that was still on shaky ground after the Microsoft take over.
- I can see why they’d be trying to appease the ever increasing amount of voices calling them “as bad as youtube”.
- And those two were the only ones I know about, I’m sure there’s more!
- Purism made the thread private.
- That has never worked out well in the history of ever since it comes across as an admission of guilt.
- Anytime I mention Purism someone pops up with a personal story, never a good one.
- I notice the xpost was removed from /r/linux as well.
- The Purism dumpster fire!
- I know several people in the Linux community who paid lots of money 4 years ago in the Librem 5 crowdfunding campaign for a phone that was never sent.
- We have at least one in our discord.
- October, good luck.
- I think at this point Pine64 has eaten their lunch.
- Just make sure to double check those Pine phones that were sent to New Zealand “by mistake” before you assume they’re secure.
Windows as a service
- $20 a month to have a remote Windows VM kicking about.
- Can’t say I have a use for that.
- As we predicted on LWDW back in 2018 that Windows was moving to a desktop-as-a-service is completely here now.
- Say hello to Adobe apps on Linux!
- This could lead to more adoption on Linux.
- But it looks like you will have to pay a lot for it, ouch.
- Something tells me work might find this cheaper than ordering a bunch of laptops and paying for several enterprise licenses.
- Microsoft didn’t acquire Beam because they wanted to get into game streaming.
- Just in case anyone didn’t pick that up by how quickly they nuked it.
- They wanted the tech.
- If you can stream games, desktops are easy.
- Moral of the story, yall getting Chromebooks.
Slice of Pi
- It uses up the PCIe X1 hole, booo!
- Not really a problem but my dreams of a portable RME Jackbox have been dashed.
- You can make your PiNAS with a load of SATA drives natively, if you have the Pi Module 4 and the baseboard.
- You can’t boot the Pi from a SATA drive yet, but I am sure that is coming!
- That guide begins with “this is how you compile a kernel”.
- Followed by a spreadsheet of system changes needed for RT audio.
- Then we need to have a chat about learning how to use a DAW… and possibly netjack.
- Did I mention the second PC?