Gnome 45 breaks extensions, AMD brings “OverDrive” GPU overclocking features to Linux, a Pi powered word processor, and Wayland breaks bad software.
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04:04 Mechanical keyboard warfare
09:33 GNOME 45 breaks Extensions
15:14 Wayland breaks bad software
19:11 AMD brings “OverDrive” to Linux
21:14 Pi powered word processing
Extensions in GNOME 45
- Upgrading Gnome to v45+ will break older extensions. So users will have to pick from those that are ported.
- Difficulty: a LOT of people say Gnome is almost unusable without extensions.
- I tend to think of Gnome as a base to build something on.
- Like PopOS.
- Do you run GNOME without extensions? What extensions are a must?
- This means that when you upgrade to GNOME version 45, all of your older GNOME 44 extensions or older won’t work!
- And you will have to wait for the app maintainers and developers to upgrade their extensions.
- Fortunately, some of them have already been fixed for the GNOME 45 migration.
- For most extensions this is a simple fix, and the app maintianers can look at the link posted in our LWDW show notes for instructions.
- Two of my favorite extensions, Dash to Panel and Dash to Dock are some of the most popular.
- Dash to Dock has a GNOME 45 extension already available at extensions.gnome.org, but Dash to Panel doesn’t yet.
Wayland is the future
- This is an opinionated piece that has been making the rounds this week.
- Wayland is perfect and X11 will kidnap your dog.
- At least that’s what you might think after reading this user’s blog.
- The general take is you no longer have an excuse to not use Wayland, period.
- And if you’re designing software it should work with Wayland and if it breaks X, so be it.
- Screen recording works but some apps don’t support it yet.
- Barrier/Synergy/remote desktop works? The maintained fork of Barrier input-leap would disagree.
- Accessibility tools? Nope.
- “Thankfully NVK was recently merged into Mesa so we can finally get off of the proprietary drivers” Yes, in maybe a decade.
- Loup has the correct take.
- Same as that Linus guy. Don’t, break, userspace.
- Wayland has been in development for the last 15 years and it’s been almost ready for the last 5.
- Like any 32 year old piece of software X is a collection of hack upon hacks.
- Will Wayland be the same in another 17 years? Yes.
- ATM, HRD, fractional scaling, and security are the strong points for Wayland.
- Here on LWDW many times we have talked about Xorg being a series of band aid fixes on top of a core that needs to be rewritten.
- Wayland fixes a lot of these issues and is more prepared for the functions of the modern desktop, like multiple monitors, fractional scaling and HDR to name a few.
- There is some very exciting news from AMD for us AMD GPU users on Linux!
- AMD is enhancing the OverDrive GPU overclocking features for us Linux users, and bringing them closer to parity with the ones on Windows.
- This demonstrates AMDs future and current commitment to supporting our penguins!
- Some of the new OverDrive features includes lots of fan adjustments:
- PWM tuning
- Adjusting the fan curve
- Fan acoustic limit
- Fan target temperature
- The new features are only available to those who have newer RDNA3 Radeon RX 7000 series cards, and not older generation cards.
- These changes affect the user-space interface using sysfs, not changes in the GUI tools.
- As those of us in the Linux world know, AMD doesn’t have an official OverDrive app on Linux, but let’s third party developers and apps utilize these features.
Slice of Pi
- There was a brief moment between typewriters and PCs that was filled with word processors.
- They had monitors, usually a disk drive, and a printer.
- Brendan decided to fuse them into a MUSE. The Most Unusual Sentence Extractor.
- Based on a Olympia Traveller de Luxe, the MUSE combines a SILENT keyboard with an e ink display that was later replaced by an LCD touchscreen.
- It even has the ability to sync with the cloud.
- All powered by a RasPi.
- This is a beautiful retro looking word processor!
- I understand Brendan’s need for a simple machine to type on away from distractions of modern media, social media, YouTube and video games.
- This is one of the reasons why I often used older computers to write show notes, and ones I can’t play modern games on! LOL