Ubuntu with Cinnamon and browsing with Mullvad

Cinnamon is now an official Ubuntu flavour! Mullvad VPN releases a security focused browser, Pine64 tablet updates, and Raspberry Pi powered eurorack module.


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00:00 Intro
06:51 Ubuntu with Cinnamon on top!
12:45 Browsing with Mullvad
22:21 Pine64 March update
30:30 Eurorack Pi

Colour key: Venn Jill 

Ubuntu with Cinnamon on top!


  • So Ubuntu Cinnamon is now an Official Ubuntu Flavour!
  • And it will be official when Ubuntu 23.04 ‘Lunar Lobster’ is released April 20th.
  • Ubuntu Cinnamon takes an Ubuntu-base and layers the GTK-based Cinnamon desktop environment over it.
  • Nemo is used as the default file manager and Ubuntu’s Yaru is installed as the default GTK, icon, and Cinnamon theme.
  • And lots of other Cinnamon-based settings and tweak tools are included.
  • These allow you to customise and extend the Cinnamon desktop with all kinds of extra applets, themes, and other content from the online Cinnamon Spices hub.
  • Joshua Peisach, the Ubuntu Cinnamon Lead, and The Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix team has been working on official status in Ubuntu’s family of flavours for 4 years!
  • I have known Joshua in the Linux community for quite some time, and have been following his progress on Ubuntu Cinnamon.
  • And I need to point out that Joshua was only 11 years old 4 years ago!
  • Congratulations Joshua on this fantastic achievement!
  • I have been playing with yesterday’s daily build of Ubuntu Cinnamon, and I am very impressed!  
  • I love the Cinnamon coloured theming.
  • Really need to change the default image viewer to something other than GIMP. 


The Mullvad Browser 


  • This is an open source, rebranded Firefox.
  • Open business model. 
  • The dns lookups are done via Mullvads encrypted dns service.
  • You get all the in-browser tracking protection Firefox has (e.g. against fingerprinting) + the ones only the Tor browser.
  • Mullvad is the Swedish name for a mole in case you were wondering.
  • The download is a standard tar and you can launch it right from the directory. 
  • Nice, and it is quite zippy!  
  • The Mullvad Browser is open source and free of charge, whether or not you are a Mullvad VPN user.
  • It is a browser built by the Tor Project team and distributed by Mullvad.
  • It includes the uBlock-Origin and NoScript add-ons as well as the Mullvad Browser Extension for using your Mullvad VPN account.
  • The Mullvad VPN service is only $5 a month.

Slice of Pi

Pine64 Tabs & SBC (RTheren)


  • The wisdom of releasing an update on the day of Fools is questionable. 
  • The big news (nor me) is the PineTab-V. 
  • In traditional fashion the V stands for ‘very early’ or ‘vaguely functional’. 
  • PineTab-V is identical to the PineTab2 in all ways but the SoC.
  • One can only dream. 
  • Anyway, the serious bit is the PineTab2 update. 
  • The PineTab2 will ship with a build of DanctNix Arch Linux for Arm with KDE Plasma Desktop.
  • Wi-Fi is disabled on the PineTab2 by default due to driver stability issues. 
  • Addressing some concerns about the potato SOC. 
  • If they can enable hardware decoding it should be able to manage 1080p 60 YT videos. 
  • With the 1280×800 panel. 
  • Protip: If you are going to show the browsing performance show a page with something on it. 
  • Pine64 has some new goodies coming this month!
  • The Star64 will be available for purchase now and the PineTab2 and PineTab-V(ery good!) will launch next week on April 11th.
  • The PineTab2 will ship with a build of DanctNix Arch Linux for Arm with KDE Plasma Desktop.
  • And is built around the peppy Rockchip RK3555. This boasts four ARM Cortex-A55 cores and ARM Mali-G610 MP4 graphics.
  • The PineTab 2 is fronted by a 10.1-inch IPS touch display, and it is equipped with a pair of USB-C ports, a micro-HDMI out, 3.5mm audio out, and a microSD card slot. A 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera are also present.
  • The entry-level $160 model offers 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal eMMC storage; the $209 model offers 8GB RAM and 128 GB eMMC storage.
  • Both models come with a matching detachable, backlit keyboard case-come-stand included in the price.
  • The PineTab-V on the other hand might hopefully be the x86 Unicorn that Venn has been wanting!
  • And the Pine64 Star64 single board computer we have talked about in the past will be available on April 4th in two configurations: 4GB and 8GB LPDDR4 memory for $69.99 and $89.99.
  • The Star64 features a Quad core 64bit RISC-V, HDMI video output, i2c touch panel connector, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as 1x native USB3.0 port, 3x shared USB2.0 ports.
  • The board also features 128M QSPI flash and eMMC and microSD card slots.


Beep-Boop Pi 


  • Ever wanted a module for your eurorack that could run python?
  • The EuroPi is a fully user reprogrammable module based on the Raspberry Pi Pico that will let you do just that. 
  • Oscillation, sequencing, quantizing, harmonics and more. 
  • There is a list of packaged scripts in the readme. About 24 of them to play with. 
  • DYI kit will run you around £106.00 but there is a BOM as well. 
  • Synth musicians are no strangers to programming, so having a Python based module seems right up their alley!
  • The EuroPi is a project aimed at making Eurorack more accessible and customisable by giving users complete control of the inner workings of a digital module.
  • Users can entirely reprogram the module simply by connecting it via USB to a computer, and then writing or editing the program in Python.

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