Fedora Dropping X11 and Pi Powered Jitsi

Nouveau maintainer steps down, Fedora 40 could drop X11, Privacy Badger has a new way to fight the Googles, and a Pi HAT full of supercapacitors.


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00:00 Intro
02:18 Pi powered Jitsi
09:25 Fedora 40 could drop X11
15:36 Nouveau maintainer steps down
19:13 Updates for Privacy Badger
20:43 Supercapacitor Pi

Fedora drops X



  • Big news for Fedora, when Fedora Linux 40 releases next year, sometime in May of 2024, they will release the KDE Plasma 6 desktop in the Fedora Linux KDE Spin.
  • Well, Fedora Linux is proposing to offer the KDE Plasma 6 desktop on Wayland only, and drop the X11 session.
  • All X11 applications would still be supported, but will be using XWayland instead.
  • Now back in May of this year, we had talked about one of the reasons for X11 being possibly deprecated in the Fedora KDE Plasma 6 release is that the Xorg display server has been deprecated since the release of RHEL 9.0 in May 2022, and will most likely be removed in future major RHEL releases.
  • And this makes sense because Fedora is “upstream” of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • This has been confirmed, and RHEL does plan to drop X11 in future releases.
  • So, in the current version of the Fedora Linux KDE Spin, which also defaults to Wayland, it lets you exit out to the login screen and switch back to X11.
  • But starting in May of next year, that may be a thing of the past.
  • Hope they fix the glamor bug before the rollout. 
  • Fedora has traditionally been a seeping-edge distro so this comes as no surprise. 
  • Still plenty of time for things to get sorted out since the scheduled release date is in April 2024. 
  • The flagship GNOME version will still rock support for X? 
  • Or will it?

Nouveau maintainer steps down 


  • Ben has resigned from RedHat and plans on stepping back from nouveau development.
  • You know nouveau, the open-source NVIDIA drivers for Linux. 
  • He just pushed out a patch that lays the groundwork for utilizing GSP firmware. 
  • That will eventually add support for reclocking and other niceties on 20/30/40 series GPUs. 
  • GSP should make future development easier plus the work on NVK by Collabora is going at a good clip. 
  • He still has a 4070 so don’t expect him to disappear altogether. 
  • Ben has been the maintainer of the driver even before it was included in the kernel.
  • I’ve only used the nouveau drivers on rare occasions due to their limited functionality. 
  • Even then, having a GPU running full-tilt was not great. 
  • Hopefully the new patch will allow others to speed development and get some semblance of feature parity. 
  • So I was just trolling r/linux on Reddit and saw this announcement.
  • Happy travels and adventures to you Benn Skeggs.
  • And you have left the nouveau drivers at a great spot with a bright future, and in capable hands.

New Privacy Badger


  • Privacy Badger is a plugin released by the EFF back in 2014 that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from tracking where you go and what pages you look at.
  • Something I’ve always recommended installing on your daily driver. 
  • The latest update changes the way it fights link tracking from the Googs. 
  • Things like Docs, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Images results. 
  • The updated plugin replaces tracking URLs using the content script and beacon requests will be blocked in the network layer. 
  • They do point out that Google’s Manifest V3 will not allow them to redirect requests, yet. 
  • Granted, it’s not mandatory just yet so there is still time for changes to be made.
  • I have been using Privacy Badger also for years on my browsers.
  • I like that the badger now removes the tracking links while you scroll through Google search.
  • I have noticed this becoming a real issue in the last few years.
  • That’s one of the reasons why I have been using DuckDuckGo search, Startpage search and other search alternatives.

Slice of Pi

Yarrr Pi 


  • Have you been looking for an excuse to add supercapacitors to your RasPi?
  • If so, the Sailor Hat for Raspberry Pi has you covered. 
  • It’s a handy open-source Pi HAT that can keep your Pi servers running through brownouts and other power related glitches. 
  • Even if you have power hungry devices plugged in like SSDs and displays.
  • While it’s busy keeping your Pi powered it will initiate a safe shutdown sequence to protect your databits.  
  • You can pick one up for $60 or build your own. 
  • This is the Sailor Hat for the Raspberry Pi, which provides clean power for the Pi and will eliminate corrupting the SSD during pesky brown outs and shutdowns.
  • Some key Features:
    • 12 V or 24 V power is commonly used in boats and vehicles, and this Pi hat allows you to power down your Raspberry Pi safely.
    • Because the Sailor Hat uses supercapacitors it ensures that intermittent power outages are ignored, and your server continues running smoothly.
    • The Raspberry Pi will shut down safely because it is informed about power outages.
    • And it has a real-time clock, which will keep your Pi synchronized.
    • As well as a backup battery.
  • Great for RasPi projects in environments where stable and clean power is an issue, like on vehicles and boats.
  • This is an awesome surge protector for your Raspberry Pi with a bit of a UPS thrown in.