XFCE 4.18 is out! OBS adds support for WebRTC, Pine64 talks about the PineTab 2, and no Raspi 5 in 2023.
01:27 Holiday schedule
06:17 XFCE 4.18 is here!
11:43 Pine64 Tab 2
19:38 WebRTC in OBS
34:08 No Pi 5 in 2023
- After almost two years of work Xfce 4.18 is ready for production.
- XFCE updates can be hard to spot since the team designs for functionality, not design for the sake of design.
- The big OMG bit for 4.18 is updates to Thunar.
- It’s now possible to enable an image preview sidebar.
- This is kinda neat if you don’t want to do the zoom all method.
- There is a newly editable toolbar that lets you add and reorder toolbar icons based on your needs.
- Thunar 4.18 includes recursive search.
- It is now possible to undo basic file operations and to redo them.
- Undo and Redo can be used for ‘move’, ‘rename’, ‘trash’, ‘link’ and ‘create’ operations.
- Setting default applications no longer takes eleventy steps!
- I ran into that nightmare when Chromium decided to take over all images.
- The compositor now supports adaptive vsync with GLX.
- If you’re using Debian testing you can install it right now.
- 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.
- The Xfce4 Panel length is now configured in pixels rather than percentages, as before.
- There is a new “keep panel above windows” option.
- This allows maximised app windows to fill the area behind the panel rather than maximise its bottom or top edge to sit flush against it.
- Thunar has a new bookmark menu in the sidebar.
- And has a new split view option for easily dragging and dropping.
- The fine folks at Pine64 are working on a new open source tablet estimated to be available after the Chinese New Year, and priced extremely affordable like their other Pine64 hardware.
- The PineTab2 is going to be much more powerful than the original PineTab, which suffered from the hardware shortages from the pandemic.
- These are the current specs, but the PineTab2 is still experimental and these specs may change:
- It features the RK3566, a modern mid-range quad-core Cortex-A55 processor that integrates a Mali-G52 MP2 GPU and supports up-to 8GB of RAM.
- A tempered glass 10’1 IPS screen with modern and reasonably thin bezels.
- The PineTab2 has two USB-C ports, one of which is USB 3.0 and the other is intended for charging, but also has USB 2.0 speeds.
- Micro HDMI port for video output.
- A front-facing 2MPx camera and a rear-facing 5MPx one.
- It has a metal chassis that is very sturdy while also being easy to disassemble for upgrades, maintenance and repair.
- To make the device end-user serviceable Pine64 has made the PineTab2’s guts modular.
- Including the camera modules, the daughter-board, the battery and USB keyboard connector can all be replaced in under 5 minutes.
- And like the original PineTab, the PineTab2 will have a keyboard, which doubles up as a protective carry cover.
- But for the PineTab2 the keyboard WILL be included by default.
- If there is a Linux OS that is both convergent and mobile and goes to desktop mode when you open up the keyboard case, this could be a game changer.
- And it would sure be nice to do show notes on!
- Dev units available soon.
- 4/8 GB options.
- No mention of screen resolution.
- Prototypes will be available at FOSDEM early next year.
- The original PineTab’s death was, in some part, a choice to allocate resources to secure PinePhone’s availability throughout late 2020 and early 2021.
- It might not look like it now but this is going to be huge for streamers.
- Yeah, most people don’t want to spend the time hacking up their own Jitsi server.
- WebRTC OBS users could share their video without needing a video server over p2p.
- This means low latency collaboration with no backend required.
- WebRTC is flexible in what codecs it supports so users could use H265 and AV1.
- Sub second latency.
- Right now the plugin only supports output so you could use it as an alternative to RTMP if your service supports it.
- This is under heavy development but I can see some fun uses for it.
- In the future you could send and receive AV directly between hosts removing the need for external applications or services.
- Or stream to multiple services.
- This has currently been tested on Linux and Mac with locally run broadcast-box as well as remotely hosted WHIP endpoints.
- This is cool: OBS could experiment with broadcasting multiple scenes at once, and viewers could then switch between scenes or different views in the same game.
- It integrates a lot of the features used in vdo.ninja for OBS that I use every week for podcasting.
Slice of Pi
- Bad news for 2023.