LWDW 312: Linus Didn’t Invent Bitcoin

Linus Torvalds denies being the creator of Bitcoin, Universal Audio wants to hear from customers who run Linux, a $15 terminal for your pocket, and Raspberry Pi OS gets the 64-bit treatment.



00:00 Intro
04:56 Linus is not Satoshi Nakamoto
08:06 Linux support for UAD interfaces
16:16 Juno Mars 15 laptop
19:56 $15 pocket terminal
30:31 Raspberry Pi OS (64-bit)

I am your father!


  • Could Linux creator Linus Torvalds be Satoshi Nakamoto, the father of Bitcoin?
  • This has been speculated for years.
  • Linus recently modified a single line in the Linux Kernel which says:
    • ‘Name = I am Satoshi.’
  • Is this Linus joking with us, as he often does, or a confession?
  • Linus is a great candidate for “I am your father!” of the most famous

cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

    • After all, he created the world’s most used operating systems, Linux, and one of the worlds most used distributed version control systems, Git.
    • And Git may have spawned blockchain.
    • Linus explained when asked
  • “I’m afraid that is just a jokester taking advantage of how GitHub works – it shares git objects between different repositories, so you can use the SHA1 ‘name’ of an object to specify something you did in your own tree, and then use my repository as the web name, and make it look like your object is in my tree.”
  • Expecting a crypto blog to understand the basics of git, big ask. 


UniversalAudio (dacresni)


  • Hopefully enough people will sign the petition like I did.
  • Then UniversalAudio will create Linux drivers, and send their interfaces to Venn for testing!
  • As the rep from UAD said, they are not interested in people who don’t own the product.
  • A base UAD interface comes in at $1000.  
  • The Volt is not being discussed here since it’s another USB sound card that works with Linux OOTB. 
  • It should be noted, this was not posted on the official UAD forums, this is a fan site. 
  • The Official UA Representative in the forums is Drew Mazurek, a marketing rep at UAD.
  • AKA the front line of derp you run into when trying to get a hold of someone who can make decisions.  
  • Paul (creator of Jack/Ardour) chimed in with the MOTU reminder
  • He left out how that attitude got their entire audio stack reversed engineered. 
  • Support RME and DigiGram, companies that support Linux on the high end. 


Linux Gaming Lappy



  • US-based Linux hardware vendor Juno Computers recently launched their highest end gaming and content creation laptop yet, the Mars 15.
  • The Mars 15 is an Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS powered laptop with high-end AMD Ryzen CPUs and NVIDIA RTX GPUs.
  • It comes in two models:
    • The base model:
      • AMD Ryzen 7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD NVMe at $2,150.00.
    • And configurable up to an:
      •  AMD Ryzen 9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, 64GB RAM, and 2TB SSD M.2 NVMe at $3,146.00!
  • And it Features a 15.6-inch HD 1920x1080p matte display with a 240Hz refresh rate.
  • Ships with 20.04. 
  • 2.2K for one I would use. 


Pocket Linux Terminal


  • A $15 dollar Linux Terminal in your pocket, that has a nice keyboard, and can play Doom is a win win to me!
  • That Linus kid would hate this. 
  • Allwinner F1C100s SoC, 32MB or RAM, 2.3” screen and 48 keys of membrane fury. 
  • Doesn’t really cost $15 unless you order the parts in the tens of thousands. 
  • Still, it looks slick and would make for an interesting conversation piece. 

Slice of Pi

Raspberry Pi OS (64-bit)


  • Thank you. 
  • 64-bit Pi OS has been around for quite a while but only in testing form. 
  • Pi 1/2/3 and OG Zero need not apply. 
  • Making use of 8GB without the LPAE hack. 
  • There are a few gotchas with things like WidevineCDM being 32-bit only but meh. 
  • I’ve played with the 64-bit beta in the past but would run into one gotcha or another. 
  • This will help get the 64-bit momentum heading down hill, in the correct direction.
  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation has continued to build their 32-bit Raspberry Pi OS to maximize compatibility between devices and to avoid customer confusion.
  • I have run 64-bit Ubuntu, Manjaro and Kali Linux on my RasPi 400 without a hitch, and I am happy I can now run the official Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit on it now.

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