LWDW 323: Davinci Resolve 18 on Linux and deep learning laptops

Lambda launches a Linux powered laptop build for learning, installing Flatpaks from Firefox with Flatline, Davinci Resolve 18 enters the cloud, and dealing with non-free firmware on Debian.



00:00 Intro
06:30 Lambda AI laptop
12:55 Debian non-free firmware
21:35 Davinci Resolve 18 on Linux
27:45 Flatpak from the browser
33:11 BirdNET-Pi

AI Linux laptop


  • Oh, this is exciting news!  Here is the Razer x Lambda Tensorbook, the world’s most powerful Ubuntu Linux laptop designed for deep learning.
  • And you heard that right, Razer!
  • Lambda, a provider of deep learning infrastructures, has teamed up with Razer, to build a Linux-powered laptop for deep learning.
  • Specs:
    • An Intel i7-11800 Octo-Core processor featuring up to 4.6GHz clock speeds
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics card with 16GB VRAM
    • Up to 64GB 3200 MHz DDR4 memory
    • A 15.6-inch 2K (2560x1440p) 165Hz display
  • The Tensorbook laptop comes with the Lambda GPU Cloud service and the full Lambda Stack, which includes software like NVIDIA CUDA, cuDNN, PyTorch, TensorFlow, Keras, Caffe, and Caffe 2.
  • As well as the NVIDIA drivers and various other useful Linux tools like build-essential, GNU Emacs, Git, htop, GNU Screen, tmux, Valgrind, and Vim.
  • Look at how thin and sleek this laptop is for all that power.
  • Razer has always done a great job making lean and powerful laptops.
  • I have been waiting for Razer to release a Linux laptop, as they have been talking about it for quite some time.
  • One of the Razer representatives was at the Open Source Summit I went to in San Diego in 2019, and he asked me if I would like to review Razer products for use on Linux and with Linux installed.  I said absolutely, and recently did get an email from them.
  • Comes with one year of Lambda engineering support and warranty.
  • At that price I would expect Alder Lake in the CPU department. 
  • Price wise it’s comparable to the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model. 
  • 3,499.00 – 4,999.00.
  • Windows 10 Pro is an extra $500.


Debian Firmware


  • Remember the good old days when the only firmware you needed was for your wifi chipset?
  • Times have changed. 
  • Back in the day firmware was usually loaded on the device but those days are long gone. 
  • Why? It’s cheaper to not include the flash on the device and ship a binary blob. 
  • Debian includes some free firmware binaries but more often than not you need the non-free to get up and going. 
  • There can be confusion when installing Debian. 
  • Chances are you want the non-free images that contain the needed firmware for your PC. 
  • If you click the download button from the webzone it takes you to the download page that auto starts a download without firmware. 
  • At least that page lets you know that non-free exists and where to download it. 
  • Granted, there is a bit of philosophical booga-booga around the links. 
  • No longer pretending the non-free images are unofficial seems like a good move.
  • I’m curious what everyone else thinks since I come from a time of not expecting a Linux install to work on the first go, much less install without issues.  
  • This is definitely a problem that Debian has faced for quite some time.
  • Especially since many new laptops don’t have wired ethernet, and proprietary firmware blobs are often needed to get Belkin, Realtek and Broadcom wi-fi cards working.
  • I have needed to use the non-free Debian images for this reason.


Resolve 18 McCloud 


  • The Object Mask feature appears to be missing on Linux in b1. 
  • Presentations, Object Mask, Dolby Atmos and a few others are still being worked on. 
  • No hiccups during the upgrade. 
  • No problems with the DNxHD ingest or HEVC export. 
  • This will upgrade your DB and it’s not reversible, be warned & backup. 
  • Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini costs $2,995 and the eGPU chonkers are 40K+. 
  • Resolve can now create lightweight proxy media and ship it to everyone on the project. 
  • Editors, colourists, FX can all work on the same project in realtime from around the globe. 
  • This is a great price, the Blackmagic Cloud Project Server only costs $5 per library per month.
  • And only the host pays for it, not the collaborators.
  • And when you delete your project library you no longer pay.
  • Transitions in the Shape, Iris, and Wipe categories of the Effects Library now have a checkbox that lets you easily reverse the direction of the transition.


Flat from browser 


  • A simple extension that, through appstream, opens GNOME Software directly in the app’s details panel.
  • Oh cool!  Another awesome Add-on for Firefox.
  • Open selected apps directly in GNOME Software by clicking Install from Flathub or apps.gnome.
  • This is so convenient, especially since I usually use and install Flatpak apps via terminal.
  • And you do have to have Flatpak installed with Flathub repositories and the GNOME Software app center.

Slice of Pi

Bird Pi 


  • Do you want to eavesdrop on birds? 
  • Ya know, without their bridy consent? 
  • This is a slick install for any Pi running the latest Raspberry Pi OS Lite (64-bit) image. 
  • 24/7 recording from any USB sound card/microphone, spectrograms, live audio stream, charts and stuff. 
  • 1984 wasn’t just a book. 
  • Aahhhww, this is so sweet!  Especially for those interested in finding out what birds live in their area.
  • And is a great tool for scientific research to track the population of different bird species.

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