LWDW 314: Linux on Android 13 & OBS gets Flatpak

Running your favourite Linux distro with Android 13, OBS adds official support for Flatpak, ChromeOS does a Flex, and Inkscape gets a UX overhaul.



00:00 Intro
03:59 10 Gig deals
08:49 OBS AJA & Flatpak support
12:44 ChromeOS Flex
16:39 Linux on Android 13
22:32 Inkscape 1.2 alpha
31:38 Pico USB Pi
33:24 Emails

OBS Studio 27.2


  • There is a new option in General settings to hide OBS Studio’s main window while capturing.
    • This is wonderful for background capturing, or if you just want to capture audio.
    • Also, if monitor space is limited, and you only have a single monitor setup.
  • This is a huge OBS release that lots of content creators will love.
  • Big news in this release is the support for AJA capture devices. 
  • This was a massive undertaking and the team at AJA were an active part of the development and integration. 
  • Unlike Blackmagic, who never lifted a finger. 
  • AV1 encoders are now in an experimental state for those of you with the CPU to drive them. 
  • Updated browser source. 
  • And the unthinkable happened, Flatpak is now official. 
  • Keep in mind, future plugin support will require some work on the end of plugin developers. 


Chrome OS Flex


  • Google has just made their free to use cloud based Chrome OS officially available for PC and Macs, and calls it Chrome OS Flex.
  • Chrome OS Flex can be easily installed on computers you already own by running it on a live USB and then installing it, just like other Linux distros.
  • And it’s easy to deploy across your fleet with USB or network deployment.
  • You can use the Google Admin console to manage updates and configure device policies remotely.
  • This is great for schools, because they can use their existing infrastructure, computer labs, and it saves them money from buying more Chromebooks.
  • Honestly, I have been waiting for Google to do this for quite some time, especially because of the success of Chromebooks.
  • 64-bit only and it will need 4GB or RAM. 
  • Chrome OS Flex is not stable enough to use as your daily driver. 
  • installing Chrome OS Flex will wipe the existing data on your hard drive. 
  • Google doesn’t recommend that you install the operating system at this time.
  • As far as the user experience, it’s ChromeOS minus the Android apans and play store. 


Linux/Windows on Android


  • The newly released Android 13 developer preview is out.
  • And there is something very special about this release.
  • Full virtualization is now possible on hardware, such as the Google Pixel 6 smartphone.
  • This means that you can run any operating system, including Windows 11, and Linux distributions such as Ubuntu or Arch Linux Arm on the Google Tensor-powered phone, and do so at near-native speed.
  • Several Linux distros have already been tested:  Ubuntu 21.10, Arch Linux Arm, Void Linux, and Alpine Linux.
  • And Windows 11.
  • Google enabling virtualization in Android is very welcome.
  • I have been running a full Linux desktop on Android since the beginning, using tools like Andronix, Debian noroot . . 
  • Android developer Danny Lin showed off that he was able to run Full-blown virtual machines with the KVM hypervisor (near-native performance) on Pixel 6 + Android 13 DP1.
  •  Protected KVM is optional and can be enabled on a per-VM basis. 
  • Full KVM functionality is available for non-protected VMs. 
  • https://twitter.com/kdrag0n/status/1492832966640222210


Inkscape 1.2 alpha


  • Inkscape 1.1.2 has been released with lots of bug fixes, and improves translations for 15 languages.
  • But that is not the big news here.  The exciting news is that the Inkscape 1.2 alpha has been released with major UX changes and new features.
  • You can now have multiple pages in one document, thus allowing you to import multi-page PDF documents and export them.
  • The color palette has been refactored to make finding colors easier, which includes palette previews, easier scrolling and multi-line palette views.
  • New snapping guides to align objects on the canvas.
  • A new gradient panel allows for easier fine-tuning of gradients.
  • Go grab the AppImage and take Inkscape 1.2 alpha for a spin!

Slice of Pi

Pico USB


  • You can add additional USB port to RP2040.
  • The RP2040 microcontroller has several Programmable IO (PIO) cores, which are essentially standalone state machines that read/write directly from memory to the GPIO pins. 
  • Unlike bitbanging the pins with the CPU, you can implement much more timing-sensitive protocols while reducing CPU usage at the same time. 
  • There’s demos of people implementing VGA out, digital audio, all sorts of interesting protocols.
  • It’s a tinker WIP right now so expect changes. 


Review prices


  • That’s because prices change. When I made the video it was $79, now it’s $67, and a few months ago it was $85. 
  • If you are relying on a price listed in the “title, thumbnail, description or pinned comment” it’s most likely incorrect.

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