LWDW 336: Watercooled Linux laptops and WordPerfect is back!

WordPerfect for Linux is back! TUXEDO releases a watercooled laptop, Microsoft updates their store policy on open-source, and the Asahi Linux team bring Linux to the Apple M2.


00:00 Intro
03:52 Giving up on GitHub
10:32 GNOME browser extensions
14:32 GTK5 dropping X11
17:32 X11 desktops in Wayland
26:47 $6 Pico Pi
29:27 RISC V from Pine



  • Penguins can swim, right? 
  • Linux hardware manufacturer TUXEDO Computers has come out with something very unique to cool those penguins!
  • The TUXEDO Aquaris, is an external water cooler which was introduced in April with their TUXEDO Stellaris 15 – Gen4 laptop.
  • What is unique here is their TUXEDO Control Center software they developed for it, which was originally introduced with Windows support.
  • But now there is Linux support for the software, where you can control the fan speed, and the rainbow vomit RGB light strip.
  • How to use it:
    • To connect TUXEDO Aquaris to your notebook, unscrew the two caps from the hose valves on the front of your Aquaris.
    • Then screw the two water cooling hoses to the valves of your Aquaris.
    • Now fold aside the rubber cap over the water cooling ports at the back of your TUXEDO notebook and plug the 2-in-1 water cooling hose connector into the water cooling ports of your notebook.
    • You hook the laptops power supply to the Aquaris water cooler, which then pinwheels the power to the laptop.
  • This is great for those that want to game, render graphics or do AI on their laptops.
  • And I hope other laptop manufactures implement this innovation created by the German company Tuxedo Computers.
  • They got their hands on the water cooling kit that’s used in the XMG OASIS and other brands. 
  • You’ve probably seen tech tubers reviewing a couple of rebages of this hardware. 
  • Only works with EUR 2,599 Stellaris 15. 
  • Due to the need to empty the cooling circuit in the notebook before each transport, operation is expressly designed for stationary use at the desk. 
  • So you end up with a stationary laptop that’s bigger than a SFF desktop when you add the water cooler. 
  • Aquarius clock in at EUR 199.00

The dark ages 


  • Novell purchased WordPerfect in 1994, and then sold it to Corel in 1996. 
  • WordPerfect 7 for Linux from Software Development Corporation got me through uni. 
  • Some of you might remember that GUI WP that shipped with RH & Corel. 
  • This is not that. 
  • This is old school DOS age WordPerfect for UNIX. 
  • Terminal based CLI word processing goodness. 
  • Play the remember how to exit game. 
  • The bundled terminal definitions were decades out of date and have been updated. 
  • Debian package in the releases. 
  • I used WordPerfect on Corel Linux too, and loved it!
  • Corel decided to use the WINE libraries for low-level compatibility on Linux, and for their port of Corel Draw.
  • I remember moving from WordStar to WordPerfect back in the day.

Asahi on Mac Studio (RTheren)



  • Woohoo!  Asahi Linux has made great progress and is now up and running on the Mac Studio and the first M2 Macs!
  • The distro now supports the M1 Ultra and the Mac Studio, and has added preliminary support for the M2 MacBook Pro, which has been tested firsthand by the team.
  • As well as the M2 MacBook Air, which hasn’t been tested yet, but should work.
  • And there is experimental support for M2 machines in the Asahi Linux installer!
  • Also, a big one, Bluetooth now works!
    • WiFi/Bluetooth coexistence isn’t properly configured yet, so you will have poor Bluetooth performance if you are connected to a 2.4GHz WiFi network.
    • They recommend turning off WiFi or using a 5GHz network if you want to use Bluetooth at this time.
    • Asahi will be fixing this soon and adding coexistence support in the coming weeks.
  • You’re not going to be using these as your next Linux desktop, yet. 
  • Some things still need a bit of love. 
  • USB A ports,
  • Type-C/Thunderbolt ports stuck USB-2.0 speeds.
  • GPU support is at the “runs graphics” phase of development. 
  • Adding basic support for the M2 to Asahi happened over the course of a single 12-hour development session. 
  • Knowing these little powerhouses will live on running Linux after Apple drops support is a good feel. 

Open-source back on MS store


    • We talked about MS nuking paid open-source application from the store a few weeks back. 
    • There has since been a revision allowing paid open-source apps back on the platform. 
  • “All content in your product and associated metadata must be either originally created by the application provider”
    • They included a link to report intellectual property infringement. 
    • Unless they decide to enforce it this time we are back at square 1.
    • Back in June on LWDW #332 we had talked about this news of Third parties taking advantage of Windows users who unknowingly pay for free and open source products.
  • “Microsoft’s original changes – ostensibly dealing with the issue of scammers simply repackaging open-source apps and selling them on – could have had an unintended consequence of depriving legitimate vendors of income, according to members of the open-source community.”

Slice of Pi

Mirror Pi 



  • Do you like mirrors?
  • How about space?
  • YouTube’s Cellar Nerd to create a replica to hang on their wall as a piece of functional art. 
  • Using 18 mirror tiles and a salvaged laptop screen, and a RasPi 2. 
  • The Pi displays an HTML file that cycles webb images. 
  • There are plans to automate the grabbing of webb images. 

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