LWDW 296: Voicemeeter Banana For Linux

Firefox launches Suggest, Debian 11 gets a point release, a Voicemeeter Banana alternative for Pulseaudio, and the best part of Windows 11 is Windows Subsystem for Linux.



00:00 Intro
04:26 Firefox Suggest
12:31 Chrome RSS
17:21 Debian 11.1 bugfixes
21:51 Voicemeeter alternative for Linux
27:36 Ubuntu Frame
31:11 KnightOS
34:16 Windows 11 WSL
41:26 Bare metal Pi
45:26 Airplay Pi

Firefox Suggest 

  • Using ‘Contextual suggestions’ is a way for Mozilla to monetize with ads and promotions. 
  • I will be disabling this feature. 
  • This reminds me of what Canonical implemented with the Amazon search ‘shopping lens’ in Unity which wasn’t liked by the Linux community. 
  • A simpler and respected way to monetize would be to ask for donations like Wikipedia does.
  • I imagine the staunch firefoxers will rally in its defense to say they have to make money somehow.
  • So, even if we assume Mozilla won’t bend the knee to every scummy corporation willing to keep them afloat, this is just native advertising with a behavioral model.
  • Are you sick of tracking cookies and ads trying to sell you things based on said cookies? Don’t worry, Firefox will do that natively and directly in the browser.
  • As much as I don’t want to reward this kind of behavior, I do like Thunderbird and I don’t want to see it die as collateral damage of encouraging people to stop using Firefox altogether.
  • Basically, Mozilla is going to display ads in the Firefox address bar.
  • It’s enabled by default in Firefox 93.
  • A lot of the bad taste comes from the announcement on the Mozilla blog. 
  • It’s full-metal PR speak glossing over the ads. 
  • Those still using Firefox are the hardcore, the faithful, the ones who really really dislike “spin”. 
  • If Mozilla had an announcement along the lines of “we need money yo, ads in the address bar” there would be less blowback. 
  • You can disable it, but don’t make excuses for it. 
  • I’m still waiting for someone to explain the need for headquarters in Toronto, London, Paris, San Fran & Portland.

Chrome RSS

  • The Chrome web browser on Android is bringing back RSS, kind of.  Google now lets you click a “follow” button and “follow” sites within its mobile browser.
  • And you get content updates on sites you “follow” through Chrome on the new tab page.
  • This works really well, and it is nice to have your own customized feed on your Google Search tab along with Google’s personalized search results.
  • This ability shows up in the hamburger menu on the stable version of Chrome for Android, but it is still rolling out, and you can enable it manually:
    • Type in chrome://flags
    • Search for web feed
    • And select “enabled”
  • You can manage your “Follows” by turning specific websites on or off. 
  • A feature I would like to have is the ability to change the order of the “Follows”.
  • I am going to use this ALL the time when in Chrome on Android. 
  • So they went out of their way to kill Reader and now they’re bringing back similar functionality.
  • I look forward to it being axed in 3 years.

Debian 11.1

  • Smooth sailing. 
  • The T42.5 took it like a champ.
  • One of my favorite distros of all time got an update this week!
  • Debian GNU/Linux 11.1 “Bullseye” has been released, the first point release of the “Bullseye” series, with 24 security updates and 75 bug fixes.
  • These 99 updated packages make it easier to deploy this latest version of Debian on new machines because you don’t have to download hundreds of updates after installation.
  • You can update your existing Debian “Bullseye” installs easily, or download the live and install ISO’s.
  • I just installed the Debian 11.1 lxde iso in a VM, and I have to admit, this is the FIRST time that I have installed Debian using the GUI installer, and it is sweet!
  • The Calamares installer is one of my favorite Linux installers.

Pulse Meeter

  • Simple advance Pulse routing. 
  • This will allow you to create new syncs and reroute I/O. 
  • Nothing to compile but you will have to open a terminal and run a script to install it. 
  • Guessing this acts a bit like Voicemeter on Windows. 
  • Heeeeey! A fairly GUI to create virtual sinks/sources in Pulse.
  • Can we ensure it works with Pipewire too? 
  • Cool, now we can easily add push to talk sound effects through our mics while playing games like Windows users can.

Ubuntu Framed

  • Ubuntu has been framed! 
  • No really, Ubuntu Frame is an Ubuntu Linux Distro for the Internet of Things, but specifically aimed at digital signage and kiosks. 
  • Ubuntu Frame makes it easy to build and deploy graphical applications for interactive kiosks, digital signage, or any other products that require a graphical output.
  • Ubuntu Frame also comes with an integrated Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and Kernel Mode Setting (KMS), to back up displays.
  • Along with Ubuntu Core Linux, which is also used for IoT projects, Ubuntu Frame is supported for 10 years. 

Knigh-TI OS

  • Not Linux strictly speaking, but certainly neat.
  • It’s a customOS for your Texas Instruments z80-based calculators.
  • I left mine in Portugal, last I heard my little brother used it through university.
  • My TI-30 from the 70’s is too old to run this, but it looks like a more modern Texas Instruments graphing calculator with a z80 CPU will be in my eBay cart soon!
  • And to play Doom, Mario and Tetris on!

WSL 11

  • Well that doesn’t surprise me a bit, the best thing about Windows 11 is Linux!
  • You still need bare metal Linux to run a LAMP or LEMP server to communicate with other systems on the network.
  • Jim Salter sums it up nicely and states that WSLg in Windows 11: 
    • “does eliminate a lot of pain points for fellow Linux users “trapped” in Windows-land at work, as well as offering the easiest way possible for newbies to get their feet wet and try new things.”
  • wsl –install with no further arguments gets you Hyper-V and the other underpinnings of WSL, along with the current version of Ubuntu.
  • Installing a second distribution doesn’t uninstall the first.
  • WSL now supports graphics and sound so Windows users might be able to get audio working on Linux. 
  • It’s using Wayland so thar might be dragons. 

Slice of Pi

\m/ Pi 

  • This tutorial certainly seems easier, and a lot less tedious, then following the Linux From Scratch instructions. ;-) 
  • DIY Pi “firmware”.
  • These kinds of projects tend to not get much attention until someone figures out how to do something really neat, then everyone starts paying attention.
  • I’m hoping someone will figure out some new and interesting way to mess around with a Pi.

Air Pi 

  • Bash frontend for RPiPlay with an easier syntax… maybe?
  • I don’t know.

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