LWDW 361: No mode for vintage GPUs

Modesetting drivers for vintage GPUs get the axe! Fwupd 1.8.10 flashes a keyboard, ChatGPT invades Gnome, AI powered toonification, and rocking on with RadXa.


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00:00 Intro
05:50 RIP Modesetting drivers for vintage GPUs
13:10 Fwupd 1.8.10 flashes a keyboard
20:06 ChatGPT invades Gnome
27:14 AI powered toonification
41:32 Rocking on with RadXa


RIP vintage GPUs 


  • RIP kernel usemode support for Voodoo Banshee, Voodoo3, Voodoo4 and Voodoo5.
  • Along with r128, SiS, and Matrox.
  • Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) is a method for setting display resolution and depth in the kernel space rather than user space.
  • The Linux kernel’s implementation of KMS enables native resolution in the framebuffer and allows for instant console (tty) switching.
  • This is sad news for those of us that use older machines with these video cards in them :-(
  • I was a bit surprised by the removal of the Matrox cards drivers because there are a lot of servers out there still using them.
  • And Matrox cards historically were one of the first to get driver support on Linux.  
  • Matrox Millennium cards for the win!
  • But time does march on to leave space for new innovation.
  • You can still use them but you won’t have slick-and-crisp tty.

Fwupd 1.8.10


  • There is a new version of the Fwupd firmware updates application for Linux that adds more hardware support and new features.
  • Fwupd 1.8.10:
    • Adds support for the UK based Star Labs StarBook Mk VI linux laptop.
    • Adds support for System76’s Launch Heavy configurable keyboard that I had fun reviewing on LWDW #356.
    • And the Quectel RM520 5G Internet of Things module.
  • Significant ChromeOS startup improvements when using directory remotes.
  • Fwupd 1.8.10 is available for download right now from the project’s GitHub page if you would like to compile it.
  • Otherwise, just wait for the new release in the stable software repositories of your favorite Linux distros.



  • Some cool news, so ChatGPT, is the AI chatbot that can interact with its users as if they are having a conversation we have all been talking about in the Linux world.
  • Well, a developer who goes by the user handle ‘HorrorPills’ on Reddit has started working on a GNOME extension for ChatGPT.
  • This is a GNOME desktop extension that adds ChatGPT to the system tray of your desktop.
  • It is still a work in progress.
  • You will need an existing ChatGPT account to use this extension and your keyboard to navigate around it because the mouse cursor implementation is quite buggy.
  • And support for GNOME 43 is also quite patchy, but there is a temporary fix.
  • It’s available via its GitHub repo, with all the instructions and files required to run it, but will be available on the GNOME extensions website when the extension is more stable.
  • The irony is that I have gone to the ChatGPT/OpenAI https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt/ site to play around with it and create an account several times, but it has been down due to high capacity.
    • Wonderful, finally got in! LOL
    • And, yes using the mouse is buggy using the ChatGPT GNOME extension!
    • Yeh, having issues in GNOME 43, keeps checking if the site connection is secure in an infinite loop.  But that could just be because the OpenAI site is sooo spotty! LOL



  • Controllable High-Resolution Portrait Video Style Nightmare-Fuel. 
  • It’s like a tech demo, a preview of the future. 
  • This will be the future of low cost animation for kids shows.
  • Right now it can churn our 5/10 fps with a stack of Tesla V100s. 
  • All you need is CUDA, pytorch and some uncanny valley.
  • 11 pretrained models. 
  • This is incredible AI, because doing this manually can take many hours, or hundreds doing an animation.
  • You can instantly create video of people with The SIMS look and feel, or an animated Avatar you can use on Twitch!

Slice of Pi



  • Wouldn’t it be great, if you could download official 3D printable files with replacement parts and accessories for your home appliances? 
  • Or an official fan model from your favorite game?
  • The first brands to populate Printables’ brand area are Prusa Research, Adafruit, Noctua, Raspberry Pi, World of Warships, Cooler Master, Framework Computer, and Bohemia Interactive. 
  • How hilariously bad would a 3D printed fan be in 2023. 
  • What better way for a company to support sustainability and the right to repair!

Radxa Rock 5A


  • Rock on with Radxa. 
  • 8-core A76. 
  • Mali G610 GPU and support for up to 16GB of RAM.
  • M.2.
  • $129 for the 16GB version. 
  • Radxa’s Rock 5 will be available from the end of Q1 2023.
  • The RK3588 has been gaining ground and features in a number of SBC.
  • Radxa has announced a new model in its Rock family of single-board computers, the Rock 5A.
  • The Rock 5A features eight processing cores, up to 16GB of RAM, and an on-board neural processing unit (NPU) accelerator for machine learning workloads.
  • And the new Rock 5A is a device roughly the same size as a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B but with considerably higher performance.
  • The Radxa ROCK 5 SoC we talked about in November used the Rockchip RK3588 chipset as well, but this ROCK 5A uses the more updated RK3588S with 8 cores instead of 4.
  • $99 for the 4GB model, $119 for the 8GB model, and $159 for the 16GB model.
  • Radxa has partnered with ALLNET China to sell pre-order codes for $5, which is good for a $30 discount, bringing the prices down to $74, $94, and $134 respectively.

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