Amarokin And The Explicit Gnomes

Microsoft open-sources DOS 4, Gnome adds explicit sync, Focusrite Gen 4 audio interfaces on Linux, and Amarok is back?


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00:00 Intro
03:53 RIP neofetch
05:16 Explicit sync in Gnome
08:12 Amarok 3.0
13:05 Open sourcing DOS 4
17:24 Focusrite Gen 4 interfaces on Linux

GNOME Explicit

    • Here is something awesome for Nvidia GPU Linux users, last week GNOME 46.1 desktop was released with explicit sync support!
    • A few weeks ago on LWDW #418 we talked about explicit sync support being merged in the Wayland compositor protocol.
    • And that explicit sync fixes a lot of bugs and issues that users had with getting Nvidia graphics cards working on Wayland, and that this was one of the major hurdles to getting Linux users to adopt Wayland.
    • Well, now with the latest GNOME 46.1 release those dreams can become a reality…almost.
    • We still have to wait for new Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers to be released that support explicit sync.
    • But on the plus side, GNOME 46.1 Mutter window and compositing manager has better support for hybrid graphics, as 9to5Linux states:
  • “Mutter 46.1 also improves support for hybrid graphics by fixing several secondary GPU acceleration issues with the NVIDIA graphics driver, and fixes input lag on X11 with NVIDIA hardware…On top of that, the Mutter 46.1 release improves the Night Light feature on displays without EDID, improves support for some Xwayland clients, fixes the initial suspended state, and addresses various other bugs and crashes.”
  • Hopefully Nvidia will release their proprietary graphics drivers with explicit sync support soon . . . 


Amarokin (RTheren)

  • Five years since the last stable release. 
  • 3.0 Alpha was released in February 2021.
  • Unlike Strawberry, this is a port of Amarok 2, not 1.4
  • There’s still some work to be done to port it to Qt6.
  • Future work will revolve around fixing bugs.
  • 3.0 fixes lyricwiki no longer working. 
  • That screenshot brings back the memories. 
  • One of the first apps I used that pulled in album art for music and podcasts. 
  • Good on them for not messing around with the UI. 
  • OMG!  So after 6 years of a hiatus, one of my favorite open source music applications on Linux finally gets an upgrade, Amarok 3.0 music player has been released.
  • Yes, it has been since March of 2018 that Amarok 2.9 was released for the KDE project.
  • And Amarok 3.0 “Castaway” got a fresh port to the Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, but work is underway to port it to Qt6 and KDE Frameworks 6.
  • Amarok 3.0 adds support for the FFmpeg 5.0 multimedia framework.
  • You can now drag and drop tracks from the context view to the playlist, and copy the track details by clicking on the current track.
  • Also, happily, the user interface has not changed much since the KDE 3 days.
  • Thank you to our Patreon Advisor in chat, RTheren, for letting us know about the Amarok 3.0 “Castaway” release!


Open Sourcing DOS 4

  • 36 years after release DOS 4 has been open sourced. 
  • That means Windows XP should be open sourced by … 2038.
  • Really, who knows. MS does not seem to have a clock for releasing source code. 
  • They were able to get this running on an original IBM XTs with an original IBM monochrome display adapter and display.
  • Reading through the comments and found this little gem. 
  • DOS 4 will run a lot of your vintage software. 
  • I was so happy when I heard this news!
  • Microsoft had released the source for the Disk Operating System 1.25 and 2.0 ten years ago using the MIT License.
  • And DOS 4.0 is also being open sourced and released using the MIT License.
  • DOS 4.0, which was released 37 years ago, was a big one, because it was one of the first multitasking releases of DOS.


Focusrite Scarlett Solo Gen 4

  • With the recent release of kernel 6.8 overflowing with Focusrite Gen 4 driver goodness, I figured it’s the perfect time to test the latest Gen 4 Solo on Linux. 
  • It’s your standard interface, with two ins and two outs and a headphone jack with a volume knob, a new addition to gen 4 solos. 
  • What initially got my attention was Focusrite helping out the guy developing the mixer / setup software. 
  • ALSA Scarlett GUI is the Linux version of  Focusrite Control 2 and it allows you to configure the device, set levels, mix, and configure routing. 
  • On top of that I tested out the firmware update utility. 
  • Check out interfacing linux for the full writeup and my thoughts. 
  • I like your Goth phase black painted fingernails and orange background for filming Venn :-) LOL