LWDW 348: Linux and Loops

Rust creeps into kernel 6.1, Ardour 7.0 gets loopy, Juno launches a ‘beta’ Linux tablet, and Pine64 announces the 0x64.


00:00 Intro
08:42 Juno ‘beta’ tablet
13:38 Ardour 7.0 gets loopy
18:11 Kernel 6.1 with Rust
25:06 Pine64 October housekeeping

Juno Tablet (RTheren)


  • Juno Computers, sellers of Linux computers and laptops has now branched out and is selling something lots of us in the Linux community have been wanting, a Linux powered tablet!
  • The first Juno Tablet is now available for pre-order for $429 and up, and it can be configured with one of several different touchscreen-friendly mobile Linux distributions.
  • But this is a Beta, and some of the hardware is not supported by software yet.
  • Specs:
    • An x86-64 Intel Jasper Lake processor, Intel 4 core Celeron
    • 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display
    • 8GB of LPDDR-2133 RAM (soldered to the mainboard)
    • 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options
    • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (with charging and video out support)
    • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
    • 1 x mini HDMI
    • 1 x microSD card reader
    • 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • There’s also support for an optional pen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Which is available as a $22 add-on for the tablet.
  • Linux OS choices:  Mobian, Manjaro Plasma Mobile and Manjaro Phosh.
  • Celeron N5100, a 4c4t 1.1GHz chip from 2021. 
  • Yeah, x86 tablets can devour some battery.  
  • Suspend and resume are only partially working. 
  • Added privacy feature: Internal microphone & rear camera doesn’t work. 
  • Plastic body with kickstand. 
  • Need to see something other than 3D renders before I consider a preorder. 

Ardour 7.0


  • Ardour 7 is out and the big honking feature is a little thing called clip launching. 
  • Clip launching allows you to experiment with combinations of various loops and one shot samples. 
  • This can be automated with Forward, Reverse, Jump and Multi-Jump. 
  • Ardour now packs a loop library and a new download system to access additional audio / MIDI loops.
  • Mixer scenes allows you to A/B test all the plugin settings on a track.
  • Freesound login work again.  
  • Had to install liblrdf0-dev. 
  • Updated the build guide on Linuxgamecast. 
  • There is none more blank than Frank. 
  • There are official builds now for Apple Silicon systems.

Linux Kernel 6.1 RC1



  • Linus Torvalds announced the first Release Candidate of Linux kernel 6.1 and is ready for testers and early adopters who want to get a glimpse of what’s about to be included in the final release.
  • The final release is expected in early or mid December 2022.
  • The biggest new feature of Linux 6.1 is the merge of the Rust infrastructure code, but don’t get too excited yet, because it’s only a very basic implementation of support for the Rust programming language.
    • As Torvalds wanted, it is basically a Rust “Hello World”.
  • Five new vulnerabilities in Linux’s Wi-Fi handling have been identified and will be fixed in the forthcoming kernel 6.1.
  • Another useful new patch will display the processor and core number, and which socket it’s in, when there is a segfault error in a program.
  • This will be the last major Linux kernel release of the year, and it should also be the next LTS (Long-Term Support) series according to kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman. 
  • Curious to see if Tak gets his bits in from ALSA. 

Slice of Pi

Pine64 0x64



  • Pine64 has been playing with RISC-V chips in their Pinecil V2 and PineCone.
  • The Pine64 0x64 is a great competitor to the Raspberry Pi Pico, and the cheapest way to get a hold of a RISC-V SoC.
  • The 0x64 is a little oddball with its three cores. 
  • A high performance 64-bit RISC-V core, a high performance 32-bit RISC-V core and low power RISC-V core.
  • Priced $6 to $8. 
  • Also InfiniTime 1.11 has been released for the PineTime which includes access to new external resources, 2 new watch faces and many additions and improvements.
  • The Star 64 now oots linux thanks to Zheng. 
  • It’s booting AOCS, a Debian fork. 
  • They have it running XFCE and the PowerVR GPU on the RISC-V is capable of desktop acceleration. 
  • USB 3 is still in the works along with functional wifi. 
  • The QuartzPro64 dev board has been in the hands of developers for a minute. 
  • Linux is booting and OpenGLES is running but not Vulkan, yet. 

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