GNOME would like you to take a survey, Unity returns as an official Ubuntu flavour, Microsoft is fixing Teams on Linux, and Pi powered radio handheld that knows how to game.
02:23 New PSU
07:08 HOTD/ROP podcast
08:28 GNOME info collect
12:13 Unity (yes that one) is back
16:53 Microsoft “fixes” Teams on Linux
24:12 Rasp Pi radio controller / gaming system
- I easily installed the Snap on Ubuntu and it worked well.
- I wish all the DMs had this tool and could track this data, and make all desktops better.
- This new program collects:
- Your Linux distro and version
- Hardware OEM, model, CPU, etc
- If Flatpak and Flathub are installed/enabled
- Favourite applications (those pinned to the dock)
- GNOME extensions installed
- Your default browser
- You can remove this after it has collected info.
- On KDE they have something comparable, but you have to opt-in by running the cli program and then accepting to send the data.
- This is a “survey”, not “Telemetry”.
- See if it runs in WSL.
- You would think, this being Gnome and all that it would come with a GUI.
Ubuntu Unity Official
- This is exciting news, Canonical will recognize Ubuntu Unity as an official Ubuntu flavour starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu release in late October 2022!
- Ubuntu Unity, formerly Ubuntu Unity Remix, came out a few years ago as part of the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa operating system series, but it was an unofficial flavour.
- That was the result of Canonical abandoning its beloved Unity7 desktop environment more than five years ago.
- Ubuntu Unity 22.10 Beta will be the first release as an officially recognized flavour, due out later this month on September 29th.
- Congratulations to Rudra Saraswat for the Ubuntu Unity official status.
- He has been working so hard, and improving the Unity7 desktop every day.
- He also maintains the Unity7 desktop environment and recently released Unity 7.6 as the first major release in the past six years.
Teams Linux update
- At first I was a little saddened to hear this, but now I realise it will be better for the Linux community because it will allow Microsoft to update the Linux version of Teams quickly, and in conjunction with the Windows version.
- Also, the new web PWA will support background blur, custom backgrounds, reactions, and a couple other desktop app-like features that were only supported on the Windows version.
- Teams for Linux has been a dumpster-fire since release in 2019.
- After three years of not trying MS had decided to scrap the project in favour of *drum roll* Progressive Web App!
- Now it has an extra layer of nope because you will be forced to use Edge or Chrome.
- That right, Firefox doesn’t know what a PWA is.
- Admiditally, that’s a Firefox problem.
- No one wanted extra features, MS.
- They wanted basic features working.
- Might I suggest TFL.
Slice of Pi
- This is the iNap Malinka, a Raspberry Pi radio controller which doubles as a handheld gaming rig.
- Leon explains that the driving motivation for creating this project stemmed from a need to control his headcrab robot remotely.
- It uses an NRF24L01 radio module.
- And involves a custom PCB that he made that uses a mounted Raspberry Pi Zero module.
- Leon uses RetroPie, but it could easily work with Lakka or Raspberry Pi OS.
- It spans 160mm across, supports two analog joysticks, a series of buttons, and has an LCD touchscreen.
- With the iNap Malinka you can kill two birds with one stone, one with a robot and another in game.
- The 3D-printable files also include a version without the radio antenna hole, so it can work as just a handheld system.
- Sometimes needing to control your headcrab remotely leads to cool things.
- Invest in a cheap hot air station kids, it’s worth it.