LWDW 385: Debian Makes RISC-V Official

Debian makes RISC-V an official architecture! Davinci Resolve 18.5 exits beta, Framework opens preorders for their 16″ laptop, and wireless DOOM on a Pi Zero W2.


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00:00 Intro
00:33 Twitter X11
04:06 Jury duty
07:25 Reaper vs Stream Deck
10:25 Debian makes RISC-V an official architecture!
15:49 Framework Laptop 16
23:37 Davinci Resolve 18.5 exits beta
36:57 Wireless DOOM

RISC-V for Debian 


  • Being named an official architecture is just the start. 
  • The official archive is a bit bare at the moment and a lot more work needs to be done. 
  • So many packages. 
  • Debian is upstream of many popular Linuxes so that means RISC-V support will be headed to lots of places. 
  • While we can play with little RISC-V SBCs today, at least 4 companies are working on server-class chips targeting “Xeon-like” performance.
  • I knew this was coming soon, and Debian as usual was at the forefront.  This is so exciting!
  • And yet another architecture that Debian supports, the foundational Linux distro.

Framework 16


  • Framework has just announced they are now taking preorders for the much anticipated 16 inch display version of the modular, sustainable and repairable Framework laptop.
  • The Framework Laptop 16 sports 4 layers of modular components, including a swappable discrete GPU.
  • It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 040HS CPU and an optional AMD Radeon RX 7700S Graphics Module with 8GB of GDDR6.
  • It also has fully customizable and hot swappable input modules.
  • You can center or offset your selected keyboard, as well as choose between a Numpad, RGB Macropad, Spacers in a range of colors, or LED Matrix Modules.
  • And there are keyboard options for white backlit or per-key RGB unicorn vomit if you so choose!
  • And like previous Framework laptops, you have the ability to swap out expansion slots.
  • The Framework Laptop 16 has six ports to customize to your heart’s content.  You can choose from a USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, Ethernet, Audio, ultra fast storage, and other options.
  • You can pre-order the DIY edition starting at $1,399.00 or pre-order the pre-built for $1,699.00 and put one of your favorite Linux distros on it, like Fedora and Ubuntu!
  • This is the laptop I have been looking forward to from Framework, and will be my next laptop I purchase!
  • Not only because it has a much larger 16 inch display that would be easier for me to see and use compared to the previous models small 13 inch display, but because it has the ability to use a hot swappable discrete GPU!
  • I can game, podcast and do content creation with the discrete Ryzen GPU, and then when I’m done with heavy tasks I can take the discrete GPU out and use the onboard Ryzen APU for day to day tasks, and save battery life!

Davinci 18.5


  • Blackmagic has finally released the mammoth DaVinci Resolve version 18.5 update that adds more than 150 new features. 
  • It’s a free update, as is tradition. 
  • Something I want to give them credit for since I bought myself a copy at ver 14. 
  • Not only can you buy (not subscribe) a copy, you don’t get nickel and dimed for updates. 
  • The big one in this release is the ability to automatically detect and transcribe timeline audio.
  • You can run this on a bunch of clips with audio and search through them. 
  • It will jump to that point on the timeline. 
  • Also makes generating subtitles wicked easy. 
  • With DaVinci Resolve 18.5 you can now import and export timelines using the OpenTimelineIO format, which is an open source interchange format and API for editorial cut information that was created by Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Many other industry standard non linear video editors and 3D graphics apps support OpenTimelineIO, like Final Cut Pro and Avid, and the open source Blender 3D animation app that we all love.
  • Also, there is hardware accelerated encode support for AV1 in AMD systems.
  • DaVinci Resolve 18.5 also has the ability to import MKV movie chapters as media markers, and the ability to export timeline markers as MKV chapters.

Slice of Pi

Wireless DOOM


  • Raspberry Pi Zero W2 running DOOM is nothing news. 
  • Running it without a battery / power is. 
  • So this is a Raspberry Pi project that is unique and cool.
  • You can get the game Doom running on just about every piece of hardware, but this project takes it to the next level.
  • Running Doom on a Raspberry Pi wirelessly!
  • The developer had started playing with the cool wireless LEDs and has been messing around with wireless charging technology.
  • After getting a set of wireless charging PCBs and other parts he thought it might be fun to try and run a Raspberry Pi Zero W2 with a wireless transmitter and receiver boards.
  • And to make it a real test he ran Doom on the Pi with a nice small TFT screen.
  • And walla, it worked!
  • You can check out all his documentation and parts used in the show notes.

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