Ardour 8.0, Zima Blades, Cinematic Raspberries

Ardour 8 adds support for the Novation Launchpad, social media feed reader FeedDeck hits 1.0, Pi powered cinema cameras, and Zima announces their latest X86 SBC.


Subscribe Google Podcasts | Spotify | Apple | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | More

00:00 Intro
00:45 Jill got a Pi 5
04:19 Debian Thunderbird update
05:02 FeedDeck 1.0
09:11 Ardour 8.0
14:23 CinePi V2
16:48 ZimaBlade X86 SBC


  • Do you like the look and interface of TweetDeck, but don’t want to pay X, or Xitter, to use it?
  • Well then, FeedDeck is the perfect open source app to use!
  • FeedDeck is similar to TweetDeck, but you can view many of your social media and RSS feeds, you are not just locked in to one.
  • The feeds are organised in a column structure, like TweetDeck and Mastodon.
  • The Social media accounts you can view include:  Nitter, Reddit, Tumblr, X, Medium and Mastodon.
  • Nitter is a free and open source alternative viewer for Twitter/X.
  • You can view your GitHub account also.
  • And your favourite Podcasts
  • Your favourite YouTube channels.
  • RSS feeds and Google News.
  • I have set up my FeedDeck to view several of my favourite YouTube accounts, including LinuxGameCast.
    • And Linux news via Google News.
    • And several of my favourite Linux podcasts, which I can play back with FeedDeck’s integrated media player.
    • As well as a separate RSS podcast feed column for LWDW, of course!
    • I have separate columns for Mastodon and X too.
  • And you can grab FeedDeck as a Flatpak on Flathub.
  • Android and iOS are coming soon, and there is a web interface as well.
  • And native Linux, macOS and Windows apps are coming soon.
  • FeedDeck is free to self host yourself.
  • Or for 5€/$5.30 a month for up to 1000 sources, unlimited decks and columns and the mobile and desktop apps.

Ardour 8

  • Ardour is slowly crawling its way into the modern era. 
  • One of the big updates in 8.0 comes in the form of added support for the Novation Launchpad beep-boop tippy-tap Pro. 
  • All the bits that work in Ableton Live now work in Ardour. 
  • You can also use it to launch clips, pan, gain adjustments etc. 
  • Another big announcement is freehand automation drawing. 
  • Being able to draw automation curves with a mouse is a big deal for people without control surfaces / not wanting to ride the fader GUI element. 
  • They have also sorted some long-standing subtle issues with the JACK audio/MIDI backend.
  • I’ve already put together a build guide for 8.0 on Debian 12 that will be releasing spoon. 
  • I love what the Ardour blog states, “Some people will no doubt laugh at a few of these “new features”, given that they’ve been in some other DAWs for 20 years or more. That’s OK — we laugh too when we see other DAWs finally adding things that Ardour could do in 2005. :-D”

Cinematic Pi (RTheren)

  • This is CinePi V2, an open source high quality cinema camera using a Raspberry Pi.
  • It uses hardware and software available from Pimoroni, Adafruit, Sparkfun, Raspberry Pi etc.
  • The CAD/STL files are included so you can modify it to your heart’s content.
  • Everything can be modified, like the buttons and display, but the Raspberry Pi 4B and the High Quality Camera Module can not.
  • And this project does require experience with a soldering iron.
  • The CinePi V2 features:  A Super8 Sized Sensor using a Sony IMX477, 12-bit CinemaDNG Recording, 4.0″ High Res Touch Screen Interface, USB 3.0 External SSD Recording and an Internal High Capacity Battery
  • And the detailed build guide is coming soon.
  • Thank you to Patron Advisor RTheren for posting this in our show_suggestzens in our Discord channel.

Zima Blade

  • A couple of weeks ago we talked about the ZimaBoard.
  • X86 mini PC that was passively cooled and sported a PCIe slot. 
  • Starting at 119.90 without a power cord it was an interesting bit of kit. 
  • That is, until now. 
  • The ZimaBlade is truly a Pi sized X86 brick of business. 
  • Comes if the same dual and quad CPU flavours. 
  • But, you can bring your own RAM. 
  • If geekbench is a trusted metric it’s safe to say it’s almost twice as fast as the Intel Core i5-3470’s in the studio. 
  • Starting at $64… without a power cord. 
  • That is so cool that it takes an industry standard SODIMM so you can install your own RAM!
  • Also, being able to use Intel’s virtualization technologies on a computer this small is a game changer.
  • Build your own ZimaBlade 12-Core 48 GB three-node Cluster for $392!
  • I love the cyberpunk theming, design and logos on the hardware, and the whole website design as well.
  • The way the PCIe connector sticks out makes it look like the buttons on a retro portable cassette player.
  • It’s a Cyberpunk Cyberdeck Cassette Player Computer LOL