Linux Mint 21 packs spicy Cinnamon goodness, Anbox demos a cloud based smartphone, native Matrix VoIP with Element Call, and a 8-core ARM powered monster in ITX form-factor.
08:09 Linux Mint 21
10:59 Cloud-based smartphone
18:14 Matrix VOIP with Element
24:39 Firefox updater for Debian
32:29 ITX form-factor ARM
Linux Mint 21
- There will be some great new features coming to Linux Mint. Starting with the Linux Mint 21 release due out later this year.
- It will be based on the much anticipated Ubuntu 22.04 Long Term Support Jammy Jellifish release.
- Linux Mint 21 will ship with a newer Linux kernel, Mesa graphics stack, GCC, and GNU C Library.
- But will also have a newer version of the in-house developed Cinnamon desktop environment.
- This should really help speed up the interface.
- Once biggie is the adoption of the Blueman GTK+ Bluetooth manager as a drop-in replacement for the Blueberry Bluetooth configuration tool.
- RIP BlueZ, hello gnome-bluetooth.
- Should be handy for you nutters trying to get BT headsets working.
Anbox Cloud Phone (RTheren)
- This is something very interesting, Canonical has announced they are collaborating with Vodafone.
- And Vodafone is testing Canonical’s new Anbox Cloud technology.
- Anbox Cloud is a software stack that allows for the implementation of running the Android operating system in the cloud by moving all the processing to a virtual machine.
- The prototype Cloud Smartphone will be showcased on Vodafone’s stand at MWC 2022 in Barcelona.
- And this phone will demonstrate the concept of a smartphone running entirely on the cloud, while leaving basic functionality on the device.
- Like the camera, location or available sensors.
- Pretty soon all our computers and devices will just be thin clients, even our mobile phones.
- Ssh -X on the go.
- Do you want 97.32% of your mobiles functionality to be reliant on SOLID network connectivity?
- That’s right, a software stack that allows for the implementation of running the Android operating system in the cloud by moving all the processing to a virtual machine.
- Now your telco provider can keep everything up to date for you and your workplace can keep thighs locked down and tracked.
- But hey, you can play games… remember Stadia?
- Telecommunication providers can also create innovative value-added services based on virtualised mobile devices.
- I have been looking forward to using Element Call as another open source alternative to Jitsi.
- Element has been using Jitsi as their webRTC client.
- Introducing Element Call: the world’s first decentralized voice and video conferencing app powered entirely by Matrix!
- You can run it against your existing Matrix homeserver.
- This is awesome! For years I have been downloading the latest Firefox tar.bz2 from Mozilla’s site for Debian.
- Then moving it to opt and creating a symlink.
- And you get autoupdates :-D.
- By default Debian ships ESR so this is welcome news to anyone living that “I wonder if there was an update” life.
- Element Call is built entirely on Matrix: it doesn’t need any additional servers to get going.
- Works on mobile & desktop.
- Dark theme, screen sharing, and link-based calls.
- Not yet optimized – it uses a lot more CPU & bandwidth than it should.
- You can’t select your output audio device yet.
- Limited to ~8 participants
Slice of Pi
- Now you can build an ARM based computer in a standard Mini-ITX case. But at what price?
- This is the dream.
- A wicked powerful ARM AIO in ITX format.
- I fear pi powered computing has warped us because I want this to be somewhere in the $300 range, it won’t be.
- 8-core, 32GB RAM, 8K enc/dec, PCIe3.0 x4.
- M.2 & SATA.