Backing up with Penguin-Eggs open-sourcing Moonray

DreamWorks Animation open-sources Moonray! RGB mechanical keyboards for your pocket, custom ISOs Linux with penguin-eggs, and SCaLE 20x recap.


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00:00 Intro
00:52 YouTube podcasts
01:55 An evening with Silverblue
04:52 SCaLE 20x recap
09:30 Backing up penguin eggs
14:57 DreamWorks Animation open-sources Moonray
24:43 RGB Pocket Reform

Colour key: Venn Jill 


  • Penguins-eggs is a very well thought out app to remaster your system for installation via live USBs.
  • This app allows you to use a CLI installer or a GUI calamares installer of your remastered image.
  • I have tried many utilities in years past to copy a Linux system to a live USB with varying success.
  • Some work great, and others just don’t.
  • Having this ability is a time saver, especially when you have hundreds of apps that need to be installed and their configurations.
  • Who remembers Knoppix? 
  • Welp, now you can turn your system into an installable ISO!
  • Yeah yeah, it’s a bit like Norton Ghost /clonezilla but this is a clean slate that’s ready for action. 
  • It’s like equipping your machine with a reproductive system
  • Currently eggs supports: Debian, Devuan, Ubuntu, Arch and ManjaroLinux.
  • Install it from the debs if you have that option. 
  • I was able to make an iso of the jordan box in about two minutes. 
  • Still need to test it. 


Moonray Open (RTheren)

  • This is huge news!  DreamWorks Animation has just released MoonRay, it’s in-house developed animation software, as open-source software.
  • MoonRay is a state-of-the-art Monte Carlo Ray Tracing renderer developed by DreamWorks engineers, which has been used on feature films such as How to Train Your Dragon, The Bad Guys, the upcoming Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, and, of course, will be used in future titles of the company.
  • DreamWorks is no slouch in their support of open source.  They have provided many open source animation plugins, APIs and apps like OpenDCX, USD Manager, ForestFlow and OpenSubdiv to name a few.
  • And DreamWorks also has created animation plugins for Blender, and they use Blender in-house as well.
  • When I was doing professional freelance work in animation, I had the opportunity to use MoonRay, and loved it.
  • It is so wonderful for us animators to have another open source industry standard option!
  • RTheren, our awesome Advisor, thank you for posting this in our show suggestzens!
  • This was announced seven months ago and it’s nice to see them follow up. 
  • The code base is now available at under the Apache 2 open source license. 
  • The MoonRay team has worked with a small set of beta testers to adapt the code base so that it can be built and run outside of DreamWorks’ pipeline environment.
  • Source uses cmake and good luck hunting down the deps. 
  • You will need the NVIDIA Optix SDK. 
  • In recent years the high-end renderers (including MoonRay) have started supporting GPU rendering alongside their traditional CPU modes, but the GPU mode is meant for smaller scale work. 
  • Could be interesting when this is properly (luxrender-level) integrated to Blender.

Slice of Pi

Pocket Reform

  • 4× ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz
  • 8 GB DDR4
  • Vivante GC7000UL GPU
  • Open-source hardware. 
  • Mechanical blinky keyboard, boo! 
  • This little laptop looks like one of the best options for a portable Linux computer that fits in the space, literally, between a smartphone and full sized laptop.
  • Not only does it have a rainbow vomit mechanical keyboard, but an awesome micro-optical trackball to boot!
  • I miss the days of laptops coming with a real trackball.
  • And it has a 7″ diagonal, Full HD+ 1920 × 1200 display.
  • Price ranging from $899-$1,369, and there is a purple option.
  • Also, the Pocket Reform CPU and RAM is MODULAR for later upgradeability!

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