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.
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
- 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.