LWDW 351: XFCE 4.18 preview and Signal Snaps back

Signal disappears from the Snap store, Nitrux 2.5 is ready for public consumption, XFCE 4.18 is looking slick, and NanoPi R6S is full of holes.


00:00 Intro
08:50 Signal Snaps back
15:52 Nitrux 2.5
23:36 XFCE 4.18 preview
35:36 NonoPi R6S

Signal Snap Snafu 






  • The snap has been gone for almost a month, with seemingly no information given to the maintainer.
  • The initial response was a shrug “Snap Store administrators had to remove the snap in accordance with our policies”
  • Turns out this was a DMCA takedown request from Signal. 
  • Then the post blew up on Hacker News and it looks like Signal backed off and the app has been reinstated. 
  • The Snap packager has said he changed nothing. It was simply reinstated. 
  • This is something people need to think about when using “unofficial” anything. 
  • Signal is well within their rights to take issue when someone repackages and distributes their application be it Snap, Flatpak, etc. 
  • Signal distributes a *.deb and provides support for that only. 
  • They don’t want to deal with support issues from unofficial versions. 
  • The good news is that Canonical has updated their contact policy so the next time someone smites an unofficial repackaged Snap from orbit the maintainer will be notified.
  • The Signal phone app recently had a major change…it no longer allows you to use it as your default SMS app for text.  In fact it is getting rid of SMS completely.


Nitrux 2.5 (Jellybean)



  • Nitrux OS is one of the most innovative and beautiful Debian based distros available, and Nitrux version 2.5 has just been released.
  • This distro is free of systemd, is based on AppImages, and has its own awesome desktop, the NX Desktop.
  • Nitrux OS 2.5 has the latest Linux kernel 6.0, and uses tech from KDE 5.26.2.
  • Their NX Desktop is an overlay on KDE Plasma and MauiKit apps.
  • Nitrux OS includes a whole library of its own apps, built using the MauiKit framework, which includes one of my favorite file managers, the Maui Index file manager.
  • The NX Software Center contains plenty of AppImage-packaged software, including things like Skype and Google Chrome.
  • And there are pre-loaded tools to install Steam, the itch.io games store, the Bottles wrapper for WINE and an Nvidia driver installer.
  • Back in 2020 when the distro was released, I had Nitrux installed on one of my laptops.
  • Thank you to my brother Jellybean in chat for letting us know about the Nitrux update.
  • A distro build with AppImages sounds a lot like Fedora Silverblue, a distro made with Flatpaks. 
  • Thing is, Nitrux predates Silverblue by a full year. 
  • Using OpenRC, a service manager maintained by the Gentoo developers is interesting. 


XFCE 4.18 


  • The best desktop manager created in the history of ever is getting ready for an update. 
  • The Xfce 4.18 final release is expected between December 15 and December 29, 2022.
  • New “Keep panel above windows” option to, well, keep panels above windows. 
  • You can change fonts in the clock applet, yay?
  • Thunar has the reload icon replaced with search. 
  • And a new “Recent” item added to places. 
  • Wayland migration work for Xfce desktop core and native apps started. 
  • It’s only 10 years away. 
  • Like most XFCE updates you shouldn’t notice it and that’s a good thing. 
  • Oh sweet!  One of my favorite updates is simple but solves an annoying problem, you can now change the font style and size in the Xfce clock applet!
  • There are four clock layouts:   date only, time only, date and time & time and date
  • Thunar has a new bookmark menu in the sidebar. 
  • And has a new split view option for easily dragging and dropping.
  • Also there is a new image preview of image files, where you can change the settings to embedded or standalone preview.
  • It is really nice to see Thunar getting so much love, and getting much needed updates that bring it features that most modern file managers have.

Slice of Pi

Tri Pi 



  • NanoPi R6S is the latest SBC from FriendlyELEC. 
  • Comes in case and no case variants. 
  • 8GB RAM
  • Three ethernet ports. 
  • Two ports operate at up to 2.5 Gbps, with the third capable of supporting up to a 1 Gbps connection.
  • Octo-core Rockchip. 
  • 32 GB of eMMC flash storage.
  • USB Type-C port for power, and a full-sized HDMI 2.1 port. 
  • Runs Android 12, Debian 10, and FriendlyCore Focal Lite and Friendly WRT 22.03.
  • $119 and in stock is the 0_o part of the equation. 
  • I’m curious how the SBC landscape will look in another decade. 
  • It was back in 2012 when the first RasPi was released and we bought them like candy. 
  • They were cheap and you could do a lot of neat things with them. 
  • A lot of kids bought them and now those kids are working at companies making decisions and recommendations on what hardware to buy. 
  • We’re deep into year three of Raspberry Pi 4 being unavailable and the next generation is having to look elsewhere. 
  • FriendlyELEC has just announced the NanoPi R6S, a new single-board computer that is based on the Rockchip RK3588S SoC.
  • And one of the unique features of this single board computer, is that it has three ethernet ports.  There are 3 holes!
  • Supposedly, two ports operate at up to 2.5 Gbps, with the third capable of supporting up to a 1 Gbps connection.
  • The NanoPi R6S has 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM running at 2,133 MHz and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage.
  • Also, the NanoPi R6S utilizes the Rockchip RK3588S, a chipset with four ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at up to 2.4 GHz, plus four Cortex-A55 cores limited to 1.8 GHz.
  • At launch, the NanoPi R6S supports Android 12 and Linux distributions, including Debian 10, FriendlyCore Focal Lite and Friendly WRT 22.03.
  • And it will retail for US $119, but if you want the aluminum enclosure included it will cost  US $139.

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