LWDW 347: Blender comes to Wayland and Intel ARC Sells Out

Blender gets super Wayland powers! Masking your phone number with Firefox Relay, fwupd adds support for Supermicro machines, and Intel ARC sells out.


00:00 Intro
04:22 ReBAR support on X399
05:05 Intel ARC sells out
10:47 Blender gets Wayland support
14:47 Supermicro machines added to fwupd
19:02 Masking phone numbers with Firefox Relay
28:07 Where are the Raspberry Pi’s?

Blender on Wayland


  • Like it or not, Wayland is the future. 
  • Blender has decided to enable Wayland support in the official builds. 
  • It will be officially supported in Blender 3.4x, probably. 
  • Couple of issues remain
    • No tablet support.
    • No NDOF (3D mouse) support.
    • No cursor warping.
    • No window frames.
    • No Hi-DPI support.
  • No show stoppers unless you have a 3D gerbil. 
  • Different Wayland compositors have different behaviors so there are some quirks. 
  • Blender eventually had to move to Wayland anyways to support users running Blender on render-farms.
  • The Blender devs had considered using SDL, but it would require them to become SDL developers to properly support Blender.
  • And SDL’s focus is on gaming, this isn’t necessarily aligned with the needs of applications.


LVFS update (RTheren)


  • There has been a big update to the fwupd firmware updates application for Linux.
  • Fwupd 1.8.6 has been released, and includes new support for hardware that many users both at home and server side have needed.
  • Including firmware support for Supermicro servers running the Redfish protocol for managing servers.
  • The developers reduced the installed package size by more than 30% by compressing some data files, building some plugins into the binary, and splitting out common code in tools.
  • Also, Fwupd 1.8.6 now uses a higher compression preset for UEFI splash images.
  • Thank you RTheren for posting this in our Discord chat.

Firefox Relay


  • So many of us have spam email accounts, so now Firefox is offering a fake phone number for spamming, brilliant!
  • Firefox Realy launched in 2020 to help protect users emails addresses. 
  • Now it can do the same for your phone number. 
  • For $4.99 a month you get a new number, 50min of calls and 75 text messages. 
  • Available in the U.S. and Canada.
  • It’s like Google voice minus the outbound calls and text. 
  • No mention on how it handles voice mails. 
  • I’ve been using Grand Central (now google voice) for the past 15 years. 
  • If this can eventually compete with that it would be worth it to some people looking to op-tout of the Google data collection machine. 
  • Speaking of that, Mozilla need to make it crystal clear how they are handling data collection / reselling of information. 
  • For $4.99 I would expect that to be 0. 

Slice of Pi



  • For those of you looking to buy a Raspberry Pi board, it looks like finding one and buying one at a reasonable price isn’t going to happen any time soon :-(
  • I had speculated that most of the limited production was going to businesses because of the pandemic hardware supply problems and great demand.  It seems I was right . .  .
  • 400,000 Pis are still being made every month, but most are going to businesses who rely on Pi boards to run their businesses.
  • Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton said a year ago that there were “early signs that the supply chain situation is starting to ease,” but backed-up demand could still explain the short supply even if the Pi’s components have gotten easier to buy.
  • The arsTechnica article includes a handy link to track the availability of various models of Pi’s that are in stock at most common Pi retailers:

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