Gentoo Goes Binary

Gentoo begins offering binary packages for installation! Creating ASCII in the terminal with Durdraw, Steam drops support for Windows 7 & 8, and an affordable e-paper dashboard for your desktop.


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00:00 Intro
00:53 Back from the holidays
01:50 New project for 2024
03:19 Gentoo goes binary
07:39 ASCII art with Durdraw
10:25 Steam drops support for Windows 7 & 8
12:38 Inkycal v3

Gentoo goes Binary

  • Interesting that Gentoo is still going on.
  • Seriously, I get some strange looks when I bring up *gasp* building from source. 
  • No longer a requirement for Gentoo. 
  • The team will be pushing out binaries for the core system and weekly updates. 
  • This will let you see how cool the Portage package manager is. 
  • The Portage package manager has supported binaries for years, but the big news here is now there is a supported centralized repository with pre-compiled binary packages for download and installation.

ASCII art creator

  • Do you want to art with ASCII, Unicode and ANSI?
  • You do? How about in a terminal?
  • What if I told you it supported animation. 
  • Durdraw allows you to experience the bad old days of DOS editors but with modern niceties. 
  • Durdraw is a cool ANSI, ASCII and Unicode art editor for Unix like OSs, Linux and macOS.
  • Durdraw also does animation like a traditional animation studio, where you can edit the animation a frame at a time.
  • It has custom themes, terminal mouse input, 256 and 16 color modes, DOS ANSI art viewing, HTML output and mIRC color output.
  • It lets you control the speed of the ANSI animation, by slowing it down or speeding up, and not just relying on the computer’s speed for playback.
  • Also, it supports Unicode characters, which means it runs in a modern terminal.
  • I remember using both ACiDDraw and TheDraw in the late 80’s and early 90’s to create artwork and animations for my brother’s leet BBS.
  • Having the ability to create old school banners and animations on a modern terminal is fantastic, especially for new demoscene advertisements and BBSs that are still around!

Why not Linux?

  • With an average 120mil monthly users .93% is 1.1 million. 
  • That’s a lot of people looking to upgrade. 
  • How about they buy a Steam Deck, starting at just $349.00!
  • Or like Venn says, just install Linux on that likely older computer, and run all the games.
  • I remember when Windows users were upset when Windows XP no longer supported Steam.

Inkycal v3

  • Inkycal v3 is a Raspberry Pi Zero W powered e-paper dashboard for your desk, but is small and light enough to take with you when you travel.
  • It boasts a sleek and modern looking 7.5-inch e-paper display, weighs less than 150 grams, and has a custom-built display driver which enhances its performance. 
  • The dashboards displayed, such as a calendar, image and slideshow display, RSS feeds, stock tickers, weather updates, and todoist modules can be configured via an easy to use web app.
  • The Inkycal v3 software is using the open source GNU General Public License 3, and is driven by a growing community of supporters and contributors.
  • The Inkycal v3 can be purchased for $190.00 over at
  • But you have to wait till January 20th, as the seller and creators of the Inkycal, Ace Innovation Lab in Germany, are on a vacation, and then the Inkycal will be restocked. 
  • And you get a fully pre-assembled unit, not a kit, which includes a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a 7.5″ E-Paper display, a pre-flashed microSD card, a 1m cable, and a slim E-paper driver board.
  • Also, the frame and driver board are available to purchase so you can make your own.