LWDW 344: KDE Plasma for the bigscreen & homebrew IPMI

Nvidia releases some chonky toasters, Notes 2.0 learns how to theme, System76 body kits, and homebrew IPMI for the desktop.


00:00 Intro
04:32 System76 Thelio accents
07:45 New Nvidia toasters
19:00 Plasma Bigscreen
23:05 Notes 2.0 with themes
34:20 Homebrew IMPI with BliKVM

Nvidia 40 series announcement 


  • You knew it was coming and here it is, the new generation of hotness from big green. 
  • We knew this was going to be an announcement for the high-end and they didn’t disappoint. 
  • Both the 4090 and 4080 we brought out and we even got a few benchmarks. 
  • While the Lovelace architecture is power hungry it does have quite the boost over last gen. 
  • DLSS3 also showed up in the announcement. 
  • New version of the NVENC along with dual AV1 encoders will be included in the 40 series. 
  • AV1 support will be in Davinci Resolve and I’m guessing we will see it in OBS and on Twitch in the near future. 
  • The AMD announcement is Nov 3rd and it will be interesting to see if they include AV1 as well. 
  • 4090 24GB $1599 & 4080 16GB $1199. 
  • The 4090 looks like a 3.5/4-slot design and that’s a bit silly. 
  • Wow!  A hundred dollars higher than the 3000 series counterparts.
  • Sometimes Nvidia skimps on the memory.
  • I am looking forward to Portal with RTX on.

Plasma Jumbo 


  • KDE has done such a great job on Plasma Mobile, so a big screen version of Plasma makes a lot of sense.
  • I love the integration of the open source voice assistant Mycroft AI.
  • Maybe KDE can also integrate Mycroft in Plasma Mobile as well.
  • If I understand correctly it uses a RPi or other ARM device attached to the TV.
  • Does it have widevine for netflix etc al, and hardware media acceleration?
  • At first I thought this was something you could hack into an existing TV. 
  • It’s more of an open-source Apple TV or Roku box.
  • It’s based on two different distros, KDE Neon for RPi4 and postmarketOS for other devices. 
  • The website could use some clarification as to what Plasma Bigscreen is or aims to be. 

Notes 2.0


  • I have used many note taking apps over the years on Linux, but now there is one that I will be using a lot more often since it now includes many new features that I need for my workflow.
  • That app is simply called Notes, and it is a free, open source, and cross-platform note-taking app written in Qt.
  • The new Notes 2.0 release adds a lot of new features, bug fixes, and UI improvements.
  • Including:
    • The introduction of hierarchical organization using nested folders, and tags, which makes organization so much better, and is something that I can’t live without in any note taking app.
    • You can also now pin notes to keep your most important thoughts/todos/ideas within reach.
    • You can change the font size and width of text.
    • And there is a new settings window that lets you choose from light, dark, or sepia themes.
    • You can now change the database path to sync your notes via a cloud provider.
  • And a must have for me, there is markdown Support so you can format your text while you are typing.
  • The developer behind Notes was sick and tired of electron wrapped multi-gig note taking apps on Linux / mac / win. 
  • Ruby decided to make Notes open-source and tracker-free. 
  • It’s packaged as a Snap, Appimage, Deb, RPM and whatever Arch uses this week.  
  • The AppImage clocks in at 30MB. 

Thelio accents


  • This is going to be a quick mention since it’s a cosmetics for an existing product. 
  • Last week we talked about the release of the new version of the Thelio Mega with a Threadripper Pro and up to 4 GPUs, well yesterday System76 announced a new refresh to the whole Thelio series, but this time it’s a refresh of the case that can be customized!
  • Now you can customize the front of the case with swappable accent color panels.
  • You have your choice of Neptune Blue, Martian Red, a PCB circuit design, or my favorite, Farout Pink!
  • And, of course, your choice of their classic wood grain.
  • Yes, just like you can customize your software on your Thelio with Linux, now you can customize the hardware on the front of the case!
  • Overall, the systems have also been reengineered to be faster and quieter in this series.
  • A lot of this reengineering and customization is a result of customer feedback and suggestions.
  • I was very excited by the pink accent color, because after talking with Emma and chzbacon over at System76 for quite some time I have been requesting a pink option.
  • And it turns out that the idea for swappable accents came from chzbacon, the Media Relations Manager at System76 in our chat!
  • Thank you Cheezy for this, and for sending me the press release  :-)

Slice of Pi



  • Cool!  The BliKVM PCIe pinwheels the front panel power connectors, so you can power the computer on like you normally do, or power it on via Ethernet with PiKVM.
  • And at $100 to just over $200 dollars you can buy it at AliExpress, with or without a Pi Compute Module 4.
  • That is still cheaper than other external IP KVM options.
  • And in the box it comes with a VGA to HDMI adapter, an HDMI Sink for locking in an HDMI resolution, and an optional low profile bracket.
  • Homebrew IPMI is an interesting concept. 
  • If you have ever found yourself draggin around a crash cart in a datacenter you’re probably familiar with it.
  • It has all the basic functionality. 
  • Power control, onscreen keyboard, remote screenshots,
  • POE. 
  • No internal sensor monitoring. 
  • Low profile and only noms up 6w. 
  • $114 without a Pi. 
  • IPMI for the desktop.  

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