GNOME 45 breaks Extensions and AMD Overdrive on Linux

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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00:00 Intro
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

  • Gnome Shell is moving from GJS to JavaScript modules (ESM).
  • 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?
  • Big news for GNOME and those that use the GNOME desktop, GNOME is moving from its in-house GNOME JavaScript to standard JaveScript modules, or ESM.
  • 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, 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.

AMD Penguindrive

  • 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

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