LWDW 353: Hacking Sony Cameras With Linux and Resurrecting G+

Cuckoo.Plus gives Mastodon a G+ facelift, MPV adds support for PipeWire, hacking a Sony camera with Linux, and ROCKing Raspberry Pi alternative.


00:00 Intro
03:54 Linux thermal nope PC
09:12 Pulse browser update
10:18 Google+ Theme for Mastodon
17:58 MPV gets the Pipes
23:47 Hacking a Sony camera with Linux
35:55 ROCK 5 Board




  • Oh cool, this gives me geek chills!  I love Cuckoo+, and it does look like Google+ :-D
  • I am looking forward to updates to this project, and fixing things like when clicking on your profile the default Mastodon page coming up.
  • I really like that everyone you follow from all the different federated servers is easily displayed in Home.
  • And the # of notifications pop up for new messages on the top of the page, just like Google+.
  • Cuckoo+ is NOW my default Mastodon interface!
  • Google+ was one of the few social networks that I didn’t mind its default light mode.
  • G+ was the original social network that I used to talk to Venn, Pedro and Jordan on back in the day.
  • @Jill_linuxgirl@mast.linuxgamecast.com.
  • Don’t you hate running across a cool project only to find out it’s dead?
  • Well, that’s what Cuckoo.social is. 
  • A project started in 2019, the same year G+ was noped out of existence.  
  • The developer made a functioning proof of concept and called it a day. 
  • In fact, he left Mastodon entirely.
  • That makes this extra cruel since it’s not lips on a pig stick, nay. 
  • You can actually interact with your Masta instance, kinda. 
  • I’m bringing this up in hopes of someone picking up this project and continuing development. 
  • Or bringing back a 1:1 clone of G+. 
  • Twitter is not going to implode. 


MPV Pipes


  • There is a new version of one of my favorite media players on Linux, mpv.
  • Mpv 0.35 is out with PipeWire backend support and optimization improvements.
  • Mpv is an open source and cross platform video player which is a fork of MPlayer2 and created in 2012.
  • One of my favorite features of mpv is its advanced command line features, like the original Mplayer, and an easy to use minimal GUI.
  • Mpv now has PipeWire audio backend support available, and it should behave similarly to -ao jack.
  • And it now has DMA buffering capability, which will result in your battery on your laptop lasting longer because the CPU has less of a workload.
  • Also, this optimizes mpv even better for running faster on older hardware, which is one of its best attributes.
  • This release also adds the Meson build system as an alternative to WAF, a Python-based framework.


Sony a5000 Camera Hack


  • Three years ago I was on the lookout for something to replace this guy. 
  • The camcorder I’ve used since the beginning to record LinuxGameCast things. 
  • I wanted to see how low you could go and still have something with clean HDMI out and interchangeable lenses. 
  • Then the thing happened and camera prices went crazy.
  • Fastfoward three years and the used market is inching back to normalcy so I revisited the project.  
  • The Sony a6000 is the obvious budget option but they are still pricey for an 8 year old camera. 
  • The a5100 had everything I was looking for and is going for $300. 
  • But what got my attention (and curiosity) was the a5000 and the fact it’s selling for around $150/200. 
  • Not just a “body only” but a complete used kit with lens. 
  • Thing is, Sony is Sony and disabled the option to disable the overlay on the HDMI out. 
  • You have to buy the a5100, or do you? 
  • In this guide I show you how to hack the a5100 firmware using telnet over wifi. 
  • And how to keep the camera running past the 30 minute timeout. 
  • Everything you need to get an excellent camera for live streaming on a budget. 
  • On Linux. 

Slice of Pi

Radxa Pi


  • There is a new Rockchip RK3588 chipset Single Board Computer out, called the ROCK 5.
  • It claims to be the first SBC to support 8k60 video output.
  • Specs:
    • There’s a quad-core 2.4 GHz Cortex A76 unit providing processing grunt, and four Cortex 1.8  GHz A55 cores for efficiency and background tasks.
      • It has 8 Arm cores vs the Raspberry Pi’s 4.
    • Arm Mali G610MC4 GPU.
    • 4GB, 8GB or 16GB 64bit LPDDR4 RAM
    • Dual HDMI ports supporting displays up to 8Kp60 resolution and 4Kp60.
    • Micro-HDMI input port supporting up to 4Kp60 resolution.
    • USB-C, 2x USB2
  • Yet another board more powerful than the Raspberry Pi and is available for pre-order, and a dispatch within 14 days on OKdo.
  • The 8GB is available on OKdo for $159.00, and a 4GB, 8GB and 16GB are available from AmeriDroid at $144.95 for 4GB, $169.95 for 8GB and $219.95 for 16GB.

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