LWDW 380: Red Hat Limits RHEL Source Availability

CentOS Stream will now be the sole repository RHEL-related source code releases, Intel discontinues ARC A770 LE, Opera’s AI browser comes to Linux, functional retro desktoping with the Not so Common Desktop Environment, and a $79 SBC with a built in screen.


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00:00 Intro
00:20 Games need stories
00:42 RIP Intel ARC A770 LE
02:19 USB LED strips
05:22 USB wall charger holes
06:31 Steve is on the mend
10:02 Game backstories
10:31 Functional retro desktop Not so Common Desktop Environment 2.3
16:52 Opera AI browser comes to Linux
23:59 Red Hat Limits RHEL Source Availability
33:09 $79 SBC with a touchscreen

Not so Common Desktop Environment 2.3


  • For the irrationally nostalgic!
  • Modern and functional CDE desktop based on FVWM. 
  • NsCDE is intended for people who don’t like “modern” hypes. 
  • This is what you remember expensive workstations looking like in the 90s. 
  • Granted, it’s a bit too stripped down even for me. 
  • XFCE strikes a nice balance or minimal + useful. 
  • New in the release. 
  • QT6, Xscreensaver 6, Picom Compositor, and ThunderFox theme integration. 
  • Deb and RPM packages are available. 
  • Way back on LWDW early last year we talked about the new in development NsCDE, who’s main goal is to revive the look and feel of the Common Desktop Environment.
  • Yeah, this gives me and Venn both nerd chills… using the Common Desktop Environment, known as CDE from the Sun Solaris and Unix days of yore.
  • And there are lots of improvements and bug fixes in this release, including new themes can now be reloaded without restarting FVWM and lots of X11 integration improvements.


AI Opera


  • Let’s revisit one of my favorite web browsers from the past, that runs great on Linux, and has an intriguing update!
  • The Opera web browser just hit it’s 100th version, and with this release it is now known as Opera One.
  • Opera One is the first browser to come with an integrated browser Artificial Intelligence.
  • Opera One’s AI is named Aria.
  • Aria can be easily reached from a new command line by typing Ctrl+/ and asking your question.
  • Or you can use the browser sidebar button that opens an AI conversation panel beside your web content, allowing you to punch in your prompt.
  • It offers free access to ChatGPT and other AI services along with up-to-date information from the web.
  • But you have to create an Opera account to access the AI features, seems reasonable.
  • Deb, Flatpak, or Snap. 
  • The deb package gives you the option to add a repo while installing. 
  • Takes up around 300MB. 
  • AI integration includes Aria, ChatGPT, and ChatSonic. 
  • 7 messengers, facebook, whatsapp, telegram, insta, Tok, Twitter and the like. 
  • It’s another chromium based browser. 
  • Runs on Debian 12 without any noticeable issues. 


Red Hat cutting back RHEL source availability (RTheren)



    • Before CentOS Stream, Red Hat pushed public sources for RHEL to git.centos.org.
    • CentOS is no longer being built downstream of RHEL.
    • No longer want to maintain separate, redundant, repositories.
    • The latest source code will still be available via CentOS Stream.
    • CentOS stream is not RHEL, and that is what will be needed by Rocky, Alma, and Oracle.
    • RHEL sources will be available via the customer and partner portals.
    • Red Hat can minimally perform duties under the GPL by providing the source only to subscribers. 
    • Could Rocky or others buy a sub to get the source code that way?
    • Not according to section 1.2 (g) product appendix 1 from RedHat. 
  • (d) using Subscription Services in connection with any redistribution of Software or (e) using Subscription Services to support or maintain any non-Red Hat Software products without purchasing Subscription Services for each such instance.
  • Oracle Linux. 

Touch Pi 


  • $79 and it includes a screen. 
  • Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A35, neat. 
  • 16Gb Flash, neat. 
  • WiFi and Bluetooth, also neat. 
  • 512 MB of RAM, booo! 
  • See, you knew there was a catch in there somewhere. 
  • This is more like a Pi Zero 2 W on roids vs a RasPi 4.
  • This is a sweet Raspberry Pi device!  It is called the UNIHIKER.
  • UNIHIKER is a single-board computer that features a 2.8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • It is equipped with a light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and microphone.
  • It has a built-in co-processor, and  is able to communicate with various analog/digital/I2C/UART/SPI sensors and actuators.
  • UNIHIKER offers an innovative development experience for learning, coding, and creating
  • Debian Linux and many programming apps are pre-installed.
  • It features a built-in Jupyter Notebook browser-based programming environment which allows developers to program the single board computer using a smartphone or tablet.
  • And the integrated PinPong control library allows developers to directly control UNIHIKER’s built-in sensors and hundreds of connected sensors and actuators using Python.
  • And it is available at dfrobot.com and other sites for $79.90!

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