LWDW 300: GNOME In 76 Seconds

System76 is working on a Rusty Desktop! Tuxedo launches the Nano Pro, GNOME talks about collaboration, shoving Windows onto a Raspberry Pi, and we unpack the Linus video.



00:00 Intro
04:11 That Linus video
10:17 System76 Desktop
18:17 GNOME & System76 drama 
23:42 Xwayland is ready for NVIDIA 
25:22 LXQt 1.0
29:32 Ubuntu Desktop for Silverblue 
32:22 TIPC security bug
34:32 Stargate DAW
38:17 Tuxedo Nano Pro
45:17 Windows on Pi

Pop DM

  • What things do you speculate it will fix?
  • Lets not have any UI designer involved in designing the UI this time, k?
  • System76 is working on its own desktop manager, and it is not GNOME shell based, but will be primarily based on the new code base of hotness, Rust!
  • This is wonderful news for System76, and something I have been speculating for quite some time.
  • They have been making GNOME their own with their COSMIC desktop, which takes the core GNOME user interface and customizes it with extensions to better meet the needs of its target audience of creators, developers etc.
  • At some point I knew that the changes they wanted to make with the GNOME desktop were not going to be enough.
  • Especially since they were relying on GNOME extensions to do so.
  • And as we have talked about here on LWDW, having to use extensions to improve your desktop is NOT optimal.
  • And I think building their new desktop in Rust is a good choice, especially since the future of the Linux Kernel will have some Rusty elements.
  • Yall remember Mir? 
  • I was never a fan of it but really wanted it to succeed. 
  • I’ve been teaching people how to use Linux for over a decade and it’s always from the command line. 
  • Having their own desktop/hardware is going to simplify things in the support department. 
  • It would also give me a target for guides. 
  • I like the idea of having a rust based DE. Well… I am curious to see what it will look like
  • As to whether or not I will actually like it, we’ll see.

Gnome in 76 seconds

  • The slap fight continues.
  • This is why System76 wants to get away from GNOME so desperately.
  • And, I shouldn’t be one to talk, but this post from GNOME has a very whiny overtone to it.
  • Also, it’s not just System76 who complain about GNOME not listening. It’s everyone.
  • When you suck all the unneeded drama out of the situation you have two projects that want to do things their own way #MyWayIsBestWay. 
  • I rather enjoy doing things my own way so it would be a wee silly of me to chastise others who do the same. 
  • Sometimes it’s not pretty but open-source is working as intended. 
  • Everyone is free to make their own lunar lander. 

xWayland for Nvidia

  • XWayland with the necessary bits to make NVidia cards play ball.
  • No change from the RC, just gotta wait for your distro to make it happen.
  • All of the bits needed are in place for those of you brave enough to play the home game. 


  • I always liked the idea of a very lightweight, LXDE like, QT based DE.
  • But everytime I try LXQT something is so massively broken that I give up.
  • Maybe this 1.0 will finally change my opinion of it. 
  • LXQt 1.0.0, the lightweight Qt5 desktop manager, has been released with some very important updates and changes.
  • LXQt 1.0.0 now depends on the Qt 5.15 Long Term Support, which was released in May 2020.
  • The LXQt Panel is now even more customizable with the inclusion of a new plugin called “Custom Command”.
  • In LXQt’s file manager, there is now an option in the LXQt file dialog for showing hidden files!
  • I had been looking for this function the last time I used LXQt.
  • And you can now recursively customize folders in the file manager.
  • And like other desktop environments there is a new “Do Not Disturb” mode for muting and unmuting desktop notifications.
  • LXQt works like normal on Mutter + XWayland.

Ubuntu Blue

  • Make your Silverblue look like Ubuntu’s GNOME default layout.
  • It’s very much down to preference 
  • If the DE being stuck on defaults is what’s keeping you from Silverblue, maybe this will make a difference.
  • For those who want to use the progressive new features of Fedora, but have the comfort and age old look of Ubuntu.
  • This is for the adventurous lot running Silverblue. 
  • You can install and uninstall with a script. 

TIPC remote exploit

  • The usual FUD about a remote code execution exploit being present in the Linux kernel has run rampant since last week.
  • While it is included with most distros, you probably don’t have it loaded.
    • lsmod | grep tipc
  • If you’re administering a network cluster on the other hand, you might want to ensure you’re not running kernel 5.10 or, if you are, make sure you patched it last week.
  • Good news also that there was no evidence that it was used in the wild.

Stargate DAW

  • Stargate is a holistic audio production solution. 
  • Base hardware requirements: Raspberry Pi 4, 15 year old laptop. 
  • Engine and plugins written in C.
  • Installed it on the DAW server. 
  • Didn’t see a way to setup control surfaces or import plugins. 
  • Also, I wish more DAWs would adopt the Ardour/Mixbus routing system. 
  • When you are dealing with 30+ channels a grid matrix is cumbersome. 
  • It’s still early days but give it a look. 
  • That’s awesome that it has a collaboration feature, so you can work on music projects with other people virtually and not have to be in studio with them.
  • The website looks straight out of KDE 4 or Garuda Linux.

Baby Tuxedo

  • The Tuxedo Nano Pro Gen 11 mini PC measuring just 4.6″ x 4.3″ x 1.9″ has been released.
  • With a starting price of 640 Euros, for an AMD Ryzen 3 4300U processor, 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 250GB M.2 SATA III SSD.
  • And up to a Ryzen 7 4800U processor, 64 GB of RAM, a 2TB NVMe SSD or 8TB 2.5″ SSD.
  • Or you can just buy the barebones box with the APU and supply your own components.
  • It ships with a choice of Ubuntu Linux or the Ubuntu-based Tuxedo_OS.
  • It can support up to 4 displays, with the included HDMI, DisplayPort and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports which supports DisplayPort 1.2a.
  • A baby Linux computer you can game on!
  • Shoving a Ryzen 4800U in a 5”x5”x2” tiny box is impressive, but that particular accolade goes to ASRock.
  • Tuxedo gets full credit for making desktop Linux behave on Ryzen mobile
  • And Tuxedo has done a very good job of taming the third party hardware at a software level.

Slice of Pi

Pi 11

  • Reading the steps from the WOR Project website does fill me with great expectation for when people start installing Windows on their SteamDecks, but that’s not what we’re here for.
  • No, we’re here to look at how to install Windows 11 on Pi.
  • Which shouldn’t be possible since Microsoft made it very clear the TPM chip was an integral part of the Windows 11 experience.
  • I ran across this when researching Windows on a Pi 0. 
  • Getting Windows on a Pi anything is a task. 
  • MS nuked the easy to get Win10 ARM images. 
  • If you have a Pi 4 and a little self hate this will do it. 
  • WoR does not currently support WiFi. The necessary drivers simply do not exist.
  • I consider this a security feature. 
  • You won’t be able to debloat the OS because the Wine tool is unable to run NTLite.
  • Now that the newer Pi’s are faster, putting Windows 11 on a RasPi makes a bit more sense, NOT!

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