LWDW 297: NVIDIA Wayland drivers & PinePhone Pro

Nvidia learns how to Wayland ! Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ is ready for public consumption, Pinephone goes Pro, and the first-ever price increase for the Raspberry Pi.

 Note: Jack studio setup page is up! Fresh stems for mixing practice. New YT channel for our livestream content.



00:00 Intro
08:40 Ubuntu 21.10
17:15 Nvidia beta Wayland drivers
22:00 Framework DYI laptops
26:45 Pinephone Pro
32:35 Reverse tethering with Gnirehtet
35:05 Apple joins Blender development fund
39:35 Raspberry Pi price increases
43:20 Raspberry Pi LEGO HAT
46:29 Emails

Ubuntu 21.10


  • Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ has been released with lots of major updates for the Ubuntu ecosystem.
  • Including:
    • GNOME 40 as the default desktop environment.
      • The Ubuntu dock is still there but has been redesigned.
      • The dock includes a divider between running and pinned apps and now has a trash icon applet.
      • Yaru light theme is now default.
    • Linux 5.13 kernel
      • 5.14 would have been nice to see. 
    • And the controversial: The Firefox web browser is a Snap app by default.
    • And Wayland is available to users using NVIDIA drivers.
  • Ubuntu 21.10 comes with nine months of support, but can be upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS next April, for another 5 years of support at least.
  • Where does Ubuntu Desktop fit in 2021?
  • The kids run Arch, old timers run Debian/Fedorf, newbies go for PopOS, and masochists run spins that may or may not exist this time next year. 
  • I think of Ubuntu as Vanilla default but not something I recommend. 
  • I’m curious how Firefox Snap will work out. 
  • I noped Ubuntu in the studio when gnome-system-monitor / calculator got Snapped and I spent (insert any amount) time figuring out why they were taking so long to launch. 
  • Firefox will be that line for someone. 
  • Installed Xubuntu 21.10 on the laptop, gonna see how it does over the next few weeks including the trip to Portugal.
  • Was very happy to see DockBarX is still being maintained, big kudos to M7S and XuZhen666 for the PPA.

Nvidia Wayland


  • Now us filthy Nvidia users can experiment with Wayland. 
  • I launched Weston and a terminal inside of that. 
  • It was everything I had imagined. 
  • This (beta) driver also exposes a mechanism for resizable BAR support. 
  • Nice!  This should bring greater compatibility to Fedorf when using Nvidia on Wayland.

DYI Framework 


  • Starts at $749.00. 
  • Fully refundable $100 deposit.
  • Intel i5 mobo and a case to hold it.  
  • And a screwdriver! 
  • For the operating system I chose “None, bring your own” to install Linux of course!
  • This cuts off the extra $139-$199 needed for Windows.
  • No Wi-Fi card out of the box either, that’s a first.
  • Though, with the promise of openness hopefully comes full compatibility with other brands of wi-fi modules.
  • I need to look up some youtubers who got/get this barebones version, because I’m genuinely curious about how throwing random wi-fi cards at it will fly.

Pinephone Pro


  • I’ve seen people upset that it’s not $99, yikes. 
  • 128Gb storage, 4GB RAM, 13MP camera, and hex-core CPU. 
  • 3000mAh battery.
  • 6″ 1440 x 720 display. 
  • Put this in a 10/12” tablet with 1080p and I will buy one.  
  • The PinePhone Pro is 2 millimeters thicker than the PinePhone.
  • But this is because Pine64 cares more about the community being able to open it up and tinker with it and replace parts, as opposed to how it looks and compactness.
  • The raised bevel is also why it is a bit thicker.  So you won’t scratch the screen when you lay it flat.
  • Great price point at $399!
  • Less than half the price of some flagship phones priced at $800-$1000.
  • The PinePhone is a game changer.
  • When the software gets more refined, this is the Linux phone you can share with family and friends.
  • This will allow you to run your semi functional software at breakneck speeds. 
  • Yup, instead of the old AllWinner64 SoC they now have the RK3399S.
  • I assume the S means it’s a lower power consumption version of the RK3399, they seem to love the Rockchip 3399.
  • It should perform very well, just needs some extra love from the software peeps.

Reverse tethering 


  • No wifi? No problem!
  • This falls in the “handy to know about in case you ever need it” category. 
  • Even the developer says use the Rust one because it takes up less resources than the Java one ;-)
  • If you’re poking around with building your own android device or OS, this can help debug any device issues.
  • Made by the Genymotion android emulator people. 



  • There is huge news for my favorite open source 3D creation software Blender.
  • Apple has joined the Blender Development Fund as a Patron Member to support continued core development for Blender!
  • I had heard a rumor of this coming.
  • And Apple wants a piece of that pie, especially now that Blender runs on the M1.
  • Apple will also provide engineering expertise and additional resources to the Blender HQ and development community.

Slice of Pi

Expensive Pi


  • Pi 4 2GB returning to $45 temp. 
  • 40nm silicon will be allocated for the Compute Module 3 & and Raspberry Pi 3B. 
  • Good luck getting a Raspberry Pi 3B+.
    • Makes sense, if you want the usual Pi form-factor you want the 4 anyway.
    • And if you really want the 3B+ SoC, the compute module for that will keep getting stamped out.
  • These changes in pricing are not here to stay.
  • Things could get a whole lot worse. 



  • A more open variant of Lego Mindstorms
  • And it integrates what people have done since day one with Raspberry Pis, making a Lego case for it.
  • So if you have some Lego technic motors and sensors, or have been pondering getting one of the education SPIKE kits, this is probably going to be worth the $25.
  • This new partnership with Lego Education is huge and will lead to even more use of the Pi, if the supply chain shortage allows it.





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