Atomic Fedoras and pro video on Linux

Fedora introduces “Atomic Desktops,” Bluesky opens its doors to all, pro video capture on Linux, and Flipper Zero gets its game on.

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00:00 Intro
00:48 Kids don’t know how to use computers
05:41 Steam Next Fest demo picks
08:49 Damn Small Linux returns
15:38 GitHub buries the Linux kernel
18:41 PipeWire vs FireWire
28:35 Distraction-Free Music With Tangara
32:52 Credits

Fedora Atomic

  • Since Fedora’s immutable distros are built as pre-made image files, the base system can’t be directly modified with large components like alternative desktop environments. 
  • Instead, minor packages can be layered on top. 
  • This explains the existence of numerous official “spins” offering different desktop flavours.
  • Immutable systems are great for playing games, surfing the web, and watching videos. 
  • Great for a system being set up for your parents. 
  • Getting developer tooling going in Silverblue was enough of a hassle that I noped.  
  • After the Fedora Sway and Fedora Budgie desktop spins were created, I knew more would be coming. 
  • And this cataloging of Fedora spins and unification called Fedora Atomic Desktops makes total sense, to not have confusion in the community about what Spin you are talking about, and a unified approach to users questions.
  • Hmmm, it seems we have a new FAD in the Linux community with Fedora Atomic Desktops! LOL


Bluesky to everyone

  • The open source social networking alternative to X/Twitter called Bluesky is now open to everyone, and no invitation codes are required.
  • Bluesky is a decentralised social network that is a lot like early Twitter, and was launched in spring of last year.
  • You sign up, post, repost, follow people, and view content in your feed.
  • Developers can share their custom feeds with users who can add them to their own content feed.
  • And, they have a nice free alternative to TweetDeck,
  • Federation is coming in the future for user created instances, and Linux developers could create their own clients, like they have with Mastodon.
  • It took a minute for the Bluesky website to open for me last week when I was doing our LWDW show post.
  • I am hoping this means they are being inundated with new users!
  • Bluesky had 3 million users when it was invite only, and I am sure now that it is open to everyone many more users are on the horizon!
  • I’ve been using the third-party client for several months now. 
  • It’s no tweetdeck but it’s better than nothing.
  • Seen a few people join and follow over the past few days. 
  • Sky will support federation, eventually. 


Magewell USB

  • Professional USB capture dongle. 
  • What does that mean?
  • If you’re Magewell, it means $299. 
  • For that you get a nifty USB cable and a block of metal. 
  • It’s like most other USB capture dongles on Linux. Plug it in and you’re ready to go. 
  • The pro part shows up when you install the capture utility. 
  • With the utility you can update firmware, crop, lock resolutions, mute audio, adjust sync, and clone EDIDs.
  • And all the configurations are saved to the card for use in standalone mode. 
  • It does 1080p 60 and almost anything below that. 
  • It passed the BIOS & boot test with flying colours. 
  • If you need these pro features it’s a steam at $299. 
  • It’s even better at $60, which they go for (used) on eBay. 

Slice of Pi

Flipper Pi

  • The cool orange and white Flipper Zero hacking and pentesting tool that has gone viral on TikTok, has a new Video Game Module, and it is powered by a Raspberry Pi!
  • The Flipper Video Game Module has a Raspberry Pi 2040 chip, which powers the Raspberry Pi Pico.
  • And it has an HDMI video output on top which outputs at 640×480 at 60Hz refresh, which is actually pretty good for this low powered device.
  • Also, the Game Module has a handy USB port on the side, the ability to have gyroscopes for games, and GPIO headers on the front.
  • And it can run independently of the Flipper Zero, and be used like a regular Raspberry Pi Pico device.
  • There are GPIO pins on the top of the Flipper Zero so the community can build their own modules, like the Game Module the Flipper Zero company made.
  • The cute Flipper Zero with a monochrome display that features an adorable dolphin graphic can be purchased for $169.00, and the Video Game Module is $49.00.