LWDW 332: Raspberry Pi Laptops & Chrome OS Flex

The Microsoft Store bans copycat open-source apps from being sold, Chrome OS Flex is ready for testing, Kernel 5.19 RC1 adds support for LoongArch CPUs, and transforming a Raspberry Pi into a laptop on the cheap.


00:00 Intro
04:45 Minecraft bucks for using Edge
06:11 Microsoft Store bans copycat open-source apps from being sold
10:31 Improving Snap performance part 2
14:01 Kernel 5.19 RC1
24:46 Early access to ChromeOS Flex
34:11 Crow Pi laptop kit

MS copycat 


  • First things first, was this allowed?
  • This new and innovative change prohibits publishers from charging fees for software that is open source or generally available for free.
  • I know this was an issue in the past with OBS.
  • Yeh, this was a travesty.
  • Third parties taking advantage of Windows users who unknowingly pay for free and open source products.

Firefox Snap update (RTheren)


  • Hardware acceleration is still hit-or-miss. 
  • The Firefox snap and flatpak are currently unable to interact with network shares.
  • So in the beginning of June, we had talked about an Ubuntu article about the Firefox snap slow performance when launching, and how they are going to fix it.
  • Well this is Part 2 of their investigation into Firefox snap performance and their progress.
  • The large number of language packs during Firefox’s first start contributes to it not launching quickly on the first start.
  • Mozilla intends to mirror a change in the snap that they made on the Windows version of Firefox, that will add the ability to only load one locale at a time based on the system.
  • Thank you RTheren for posting this in Discord.

Linux Kernel 5.19 RC1


  • Linux Torvalds just released Linux Kernel 5.19 RC1, and it brings a lot of changes, including new hardware support, and updates across CPU, GPU, networking, storage and core modules.
  • The Linux Kernel 5.19 begins initial support for the LoongArch CPU family that is developed by the Chinese company Loongson.
  • LoongArch CPUs are the general-purpose MIPS architecture-compatible microprocessors.
  • The new Intel IFS driver lands in this version which helps to detect hardware issues before deployment and after.
    • It will help detect CPU faults at the circuit level at an early stage.
  • And the mainline Linux Kernel can now support multiple ARM platforms, which started with Linux 3.7, and spanned more than a decade of work and patches.
  • Support for the Apple M1 NVMe controller.

Chrome Flex


  • You get a chrome book, you get a chromebook, and you get a chrometop? 
  • Chromestation?
  • What should we call Chrome OS Flex running on a standard PC?
  • Anyway, Chrome OS Flex is ready for testing and images are available. 
  • All you need is a copy of Windows or MacOS. 
  • Nope, not even kidding, it requires the Chrome Chromebook Recovery Utility to make the USB image. 
  • 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.
  • As long as the computers are 64 bit and have at least 4 Gigs of RAM.
  • I just realized that this is odd, because there are many Chromebooks that only have 2 Gigs of RAM.

Slice of Pi

As the CrowPis …


  • This CrowPi L kit transforms a Raspberry Pi into a laptop, with only a little assembly required.
  • It has a display, keyboard, battery and all the other components needed.
  • Specs:
    • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS LCD display
    • Built-in keyboard, touchpad, mic, 2MP camera, stereo speakers, and 3.5mm audio jack
    • 5,000 mAh battery (for up to 3 hours of run time)
    • Fan for active cooling
  • We had talked about earlier models before, but this one you can pre-order now from the Elecrow website for just over $200, and you don’t need to back a crowdfunding campaign.
  • The previous models required some assembly in order to connect everything, but in this one everything is assembled.
  • All you need is to install a RasPi 4 Model B.
  • And the CrowPi L laptop shell is shipping June 30, 2022.
  • It is not compatible with a Raspberry Pi 3, like the previous models.

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