StarLite releases a slick little netbook, GNOME gets the Apple iNotch, rewriting the kernel in Rust, a trash bin for terminals, and a $1000 sound card gets some Linux love.
- This is something fun, this is the gnome-shell-extension-inotch, so you can add a useless notch to your screen like Apple laptops!
- From the developer Alynx Zhou FAQ on the readme:
- Question: “Why you create such an ugly extension?”
- Answer: “Please ask Apple why they create such an ugly notch on their laptop.”
- Question: “My cursor disappears when it enters the notch!”
- Answer: “This is the same behavior as hardware notch.”
- The developer said that this was his most popular project.
- That’s a fun way to stick it to Apple.
- Although I do find it ironic that this is for the Gnome desktop, the DM you have to customize with extensions.
- With Apple products, the notch is just built in ;-)
- And people say there are no good Gnome extensions.
- If Apple can “adopt” GNOME 3’s poor UI design, I suppose a little quid pro quo was in order?
RCE Lab (RTheren)
- There was a massive privilege escalation and remote code exploit discovered in Gitlab.
- If you are running your own gitlab, update yesterday!
- This was a bad one.
- Like: create an account with all default settings and upload an attachment to get full admin access, bad!
- Power button between backspace and delete.
- Ah, yes. More questionable design choices ripped from Apple.
- Gallium Nitrate? You mean Nitride?
- $400 netbook.
- The StarLite, a small laptop from Star Labs with an 11″ 1080p matte IPS display has been released:
- It has an Intel Pentium Silver Processor, up to 3.1GHz quad-core processing
- 8GB RAM
- Aluminium chassis
- A 2MP webcam
- It is fanless, has a backlit keyboard and a glass touchpad.
- And an estimated 8 hours of battery life.
- And at £400, it is a great price point for an ultra portable, and a great alternative for a Chromebook.
- Also StarLabs has an ‘open warranty’ that lets you disassemble the device without voiding the warranty.
- £400 for a Pentium N5030 and 8GB of Memory.
- At least it comes with an M.2 SATA SSD and a 1080p iPS 11” screen.
- That’s a little too much though.
- Especially being fanless, that’s going to throttle worse than my Chromebook.
- Don’t buy that, it’s not going to be a good experience.
A simple hobby project
- Seiya Nuta needs developers to help him write this Rusty Kernel!
- This would look great on anyone’s resume, and Linus would be impressed ;-)
- You know what else started as a hobby project?
- So you never have to worry about typing rm -rf ever again in the terminal ;-)
- If you accidentally rm -rf /* you might still have a chance at recovering.
Interfacing Linux: Focusrite Scarlett Solo (Gen3)
- The Scarlett Solo is a budget interface from Focusrite sporting USB connectivity and two preamps capable of delivering 56 dB of gain.
- Moral of the story is this.
- Most modern USB interfaces are class compliant and will work out of the box with Linux.
- The Scarlett line, like the Motu M2/4, Behringer 2/4X, and Audient idX are budget interfaces.
- The good news is that you get a lot for a little in 2021.
- If you want an extra lot for your little look into firewire interfaces.
RME AIO PRO Drivers
- Good guy RME being good guy RME.
- Keeping up a 20 year tradition.
- This is a new driver for all HDSPe RME cards minus MADI-FX.
- It comes with an updated hdpsconfig as well.
- Now I need to come up with a scheme to get RME to send me one for testing because they are 1 *pinkyfinger* thousand dollars!
Going to Snap
- That’s the second person to publicly say Snaps were why they left Canonical.
- Lots of Snaps installed=slow boot times.
- That would be one of the reasons why it is recommended to use Snaps for cloud or server when the workstation remains on.
- I have been shouting that snaps are bad since I had the displeasure of actually trying to use them.
- If even the people directly involved with snaps don’t want to deal with it anymore, why insist?
- Flatpacks have clearly won the full containerized and sandboxed package wars, and AppImages provide a much easier and welcome alternative without the sandboxing.
- I think it’s okay now, Canonical. You can let them go.
- With normal debian packaging when a library gets fixed there is zero work required. With snaps one has to refresh the snap.
- “So apart from the early random sketchy documentation, the unintelligible snapcraft error messages, the loop mount bloat, the slower boot times, the security update pain, the ad-hoc workarounds with scriptlets and multipass breakage it was OK I guess.”
Slice of Pi
Boxy Pi (Rtheren)
- We have talked about Raspberry Pi NASs before, but this one lets you use a standard operating system that you’re used to, like Ubuntu, Manjaro or Raspberry Pi OS.
- Just add a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, a few hard drives and the Linux OS of your choosing!
- You can pre order the PiBox: A Modular Raspberry Pi Storage Server from Kickstarter for $250 that includes the case, circuit boards, LCD display, fan… and the RasPi CM4 already configured.
- Or the hacker bundle for $100 that comes with just the circuit boards, and you provide everything else.
- The PiBox comes with its own app store, where you can install templates for a PLEX, Minecraft, Nginx or NextCloud server.
- Thank you RTheren for finding this!
- That’s a very small PiNAS.
- If it’s just $100 for the base board and daughter board, that’s not the worst.
Pi Vulkan 1.1
- Iago Toral is back with further goodies for Vulkan on the Pi.
- Vulkan 1.1 conformance is here and we still haven’t seen much in the way of software making use of Vulkan on the Pi.
- Having Unreal Engine 4 games on Raspberry Pi 4 is awesome, but don’t expect great gameplay.
- That will be for future more powerful RasPis.