LWDW 363: Hipster-Pixel Browsing and Debian Slax

Terminal browsing with hipster-pixels, Pi powered toaster ovens, Linux podcasting basics, and Debian Slax?


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00:00 Intro
11:56 Debian Slax
19:44 hipster-pixel terminal browser
28:44 Podcasting on Linux
37:26 Flowpi reflow oven

New SLax


  • One of my favorite Slackware based live CD/USB distros of all time has an update!
  • Slax 15.0.1 and Slax 11.6.0 are now available based on Slackware-current and Debian GNU/Linux 11.6 “Bullseye”.
  • Slax is a compact, fast, and modern Linux operating system that combines a sleek design with a modular approach. With the ability to run directly from a USB flash drive without the need for installation.
  • Both versions are available for both 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures.
  • It boots into a simple desktop using the Fluxbox window manager which offers a small collection of applications, including the Chromium web browser, a text editor and a calculator.
  • With tens of thousands of prebuilt packages and applications readily available through the slackpkg (for Slackware) or apt (for Debian).
  • History:
    • Back in 2003 I was using this distro a lot to show my students the power and speed of Linux running from a live CD/USB.
    • And the creator Tomas Matejicek had stopped development on the project until he returned with Slax 9.2.1 in 2017, but this time it would be Debian based.
    • I love Debian, it is my favorite distro of all time, don’t get me wrong, but I loved Slax because it was Slackware based, and there were very few Slackware based distros at that time.
    • And now we have Slackware back in Slax 15.0.1!
  • Another key feature of the new Slax versions is the use of the newest DynFileFS, which implements how “persistent changes” are stored on USB drives.
  • You can now store up to 16GB of data instead of the older 4GB limitation.
  • Ever wanted to use slackpkg in Debian?
  • Well too bad, now you can! 
  • It’s now based on Debian 11.4.0. 
  • Neat?
  • Still has a 32-bit version. 
  • Usefulness of live distros in 2023. 


Pixel browser


  • This is fantastic!  There is a new Chromium based web browser built to run in a terminal called Carbonyl.
  • It supports pretty much all Web APIs including WebGL, WebGPU, audio and video playback, animations, etc.
  • It’s snappy, starts in less than a second, runs at 60 FPS, and idles at 0% CPU usage.
  • And it can be very pixely, depending on your terminal settings.
  • It is nice having a lightweight full-featured web browser in the terminal.
  • And being able to watch YouTube in a terminal browser, without having to write FFmpeg scripts when using Lynx and eLinks to play YouTube videos!
  • The Pixels are quite chonky but good for a laugh. 
  • We’re talking White Stripes chonky. 
  • Uses about 50x more CPU power vs Browsh, the original “normal browser into a terminal” project.
  • It’s Chrome light, clocking in at under 200MB. 
  • Yes, it’s silly and you hate it because you’re allergic to fun. 
  • For the rest of us there will be a link in the description so you can play around with pixel wackiness. 


Podcasting basics


  • Here it is, open to the public. 
  • Everything you wanted to know about making a podcast but were too afraid to ask. 
  • This is focused on teaching audio engineering basics and how to use a DAW. 
  • We’re going to start with installing a DAW. 
  • Downloading free plugins. 
  • Creating a session and routing audio. 
  • Loading audio tracks. 
  • Making a virtual channel strip. 
  • Exporting a podcast. 

Slice of Pi

Melty Pi 


  • Yeah, pop the card in the oven and reflow the solder. 
  • I’ve had the internet tell me that fixes things on more than one occasion. 
  • Problem is, things can go wrong with a quickness.
  • Just ask any mirewave pizza tossed in the oven at 4 am after a night of drinking.  
  • Dan here took a few extra steps that will aid in the protection of silicone. 
  • Using a raspberry pi pico W + a little knowhow he was able to make a reflow oven on the cheap. 
  • Now the oven runs a server and does a 5-stage reflow process. 
  • This is awesome, he repurposed a food oven to bake PCBs in!

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