Amazon has an Android replacement, Blender 4.0 adds support for RDNA3, configuring Linux for productions audio, and Pi-powered dongle magic.
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00:48 Attacked by Mastodon
03:26 Amazon Linux OS
09:49 Production audio on Linux
13:40 Blender 4.0
19:15 Pi-powered dongle magic
Amazon Linux OS
- Amazon already uses a fork of Android called FireOS based on AOSP.
- It’s the thing you delete when rooting and wiping your Fire tablet.
- Amazon’s new operating system is based on a flavor of Linux.
- Vega is primed for lower-power devices that struggle with the bloat that Android.
- Something Wayland based would be interesting.
- It could also begin shipping on Fire TV devices as early as next year, according to Roettgers’ sources.
- App developers are being told to use React Native as an application framework so that’s going to suck.
- I was so happy to hear this, Amazon will be replacing their in-house Android based OS FireOS, with its own Linux based OS, codenamed Vega.
- This means that all those Amazon devices, such as Fire TVs, smart displays, and other non-tablet devices will use Vega.
- But, alas, we may have to wait a bit for Vega to be used on their popular Amazon Fire HD tablets.
- Hundreds of people at Amazon’s Device OS group are tasked with building their new Linux OS.
- And Amazon is working on this new web-forward operating system for smart home, automotive, and other IoT devices.
- Lowpass‘ journalist Janko Roettgers and his sources stated:
- Amazon has been using Linux on their Amazon Kindle E Ink E-reader devices since they were introduced in 2007.
- 11 years in the making.
- All the things I do to a regular ordinary PC to turn it into a real time audio monster.
- And you should avoid doing any of it.
- There is however a good reason for that.
- This is how you go about setting up a workstation, not a desktop PC.
- A dedicated system for audio.
- Feel free to argue about my methods but you’re going to have a hard time arguing with the results.
- Would like to see more resources put into smoothing out the video editor.
- The minimum required OpenGL version has been increased to 4.3 for Linux and Windows.
- The 3D view now has a new region called the Asset Shelf. Looks neat.
- Blender, our favorite open source 3D/2D computer graphics and animation program just had a huge 4.0 release!
- Blender 4.0 has support now for AMD RDNA2 and RDNA3 APUs.
- In fact, It works on the Steam Deck now out of the box!
- I was running the extracted Blender 4.0 Linux tar.xz on my RDNA2 APU based Steam Deck just yesterday!
- Another cool new feature in Blender 4.0 is light and shadow linking, which allows you to set lights to affect only specific objects in a scene, and to control which objects act as shadow blockers for a light.
- This is a feature that has been available in proprietary animation software like Maya and 3ds Max since the 1990’s, and something I have been wanting in Blender for years, and now it is here!
- Also there is a new easy way to create tools with the geometry nodes called Node Tools.
- Node Tools is a way to customize and expand Blender without needing to write a single line of Python code.
- And for better color handling and color management, Filmic is replaced by a new view transform called AgX which improves rendering in overexposed areas, and makes bright colors less saturated and go towards white like professional cameras.
- We all hate smart TVs but good luck getting a dumb one in 2023.
- Wouldn’t it be nice if you could give your existing one a brain transplant?
- That’s what the PiPocket aims to do.
- The PiPocket allows you to drop a RasPi compute module into a case with a HDMI connector.
- With a microSD card reader for storage and an IR receiver that allows you to use the device with a remote control.
- Kickstarter reward levels start at £40 (about $50) for a PiPocket dongle without a Raspberry Pi CM4.
- Rewards start at £74 (about $90) for PiPocket + CM4 with 1GB of RAM.
- Think of it as a homebrew Chromecast stick of fire.
- You can run Android, Linux, Windows?
- Estimated delivery Feb 2024.