Episode 119

Welcome to Episode 119 of the LinuxLUGcast

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From G+

[FiftyOneFifty apologizes to the TrueOS devs.  Lack of Steam support really had nothing to do with the changes to TrueOS.  He sees now he should have waited until he did more research before criticising the distro]

  • From the “You ain’t gonna believe this one department” (rant level 5 warning).  In our last ep, I was trying to triple boot my new system to Windows, Fedora, and TrueOS.  TrueOS (fork of FreeBSD) because they had been claiming Windows versions of Steam games would play as fast or faster on FOSS as they would in Windows thanks to PlayOnBSD.  BSD doesn’t use GRUB and I have UEFI active so even though the install was successful, TrueOS didn’t show up in the bootloader.  netminer actually read the Wiki better than I did and directed me to where it said I’d need a third party bootloader to make BSD play with EFI.  They recommend reFind. http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/getting.html  Besides .deb and .rpm files to install reFind easily, there are also thumb drive and CD images so you can “try before you” buy.  BTW, apparently there are more than one “run anything from UEFI” bootloader options, more on that next show.


  • OK, so I spend the evening beating on my new Fedora install because my USB stick is not automounting.  Unetbootin gives me a permissions error and a different one after I install RPMFusion https://rpmfusion.org/Configuration  dd’ing the image seems to work, but no luck starting from the thumb drive.  Eventually, I give up and unpack the CD ISO and burn a CD.  I can hit that using the hardware boot menu, but it seems to jump right to Windows (gave me the opportunity to bring Windows up to date after several weeks).  Put CD-ROM before the hard disks in the boot order, then I had the chance to pick my OS, including TrueOS.


  • OK, so now I’m into my TrueOS environment for the first time since install, but it’s in the command line.  I’m thinking, OK, there are a number of conservative Linux’s that have you log into CLI, then run startx.  Probably easily solved with a few config file tweeks once I Google how to get the GUI up.  I got on another PC and Googled TrueOS and GUI and found THIS:  https://itsfoss.com/trueos-plan-change/
  • [Note: Apologies to the TrueOS devs, you will learn below the abandonment of suport for Windows Steam games was the fault of PlayOnLinux not updating to Python 3] This was a truly “Why is it getting dark in here and why can’t I feel half my face?” moment.   HOW IN THE BLOODY HELL DO YOU GO FROM “WE’RE GOING TO SHOW THE WORLD YOU CAN RUN WINDOWS GAMES BETTER IN A FOSS OS”  TO “GRAPHICAL INTERFACE?  WE DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE” IN LESS THAN A YEAR?  Seriously, the way I understand it, graphical desktops are not  even in the “repos” (or whatever the BSD equivalent is, right now I couldn’t give a turkey).  The TRIAL/installer image was quite graphical.   There is a further fork, www.project-trident.org , that is supposed to be TrueOS with the GUI.  From the download page : “TrueOS and FreeBSD recently changed their bootloader to a new tool written in Lua rather than the traditional bootloader written in Forth. If you experience issues with booting the ISO or the installed system, please file a bug ticket with the FreeBSD project.”  Sorry, if I wanted system breaking updates, I’D RUN WINDOWS ONLY.  Four out of Five hackers recommend anything but Trident for their clients who run games.


  • I can erase the partitions TrueOS  created easily enough.  I guess I am now in search of a BSD with enthusiasm for PlayOnBSD [FiftyOneFifty won’t, unless he can find a Python 2 diehard BSD].


  • From the “TrueOS Community” Telgram chat:

@all / @channel : The TrueOS “desktop” edition has been discontinued and TrueOS is now a distribution platform (with it’s own server-focused release images as well).


  • Project Trident – Community Chat
  • Project Trident Community Channel


  • Plot thickens, FiftyOneFifty contacted Rodney Myers (author of the above post).  He was able to tell be PlayOnBSD was stuck in Python 2 (likely all BSDs have moved on) and gave me the handles of a couple Trident devs in the chat who could tell me why TrueOS dropped the deskop alltogether.


  • JT (q5sys) “TrueOS decided to focus completely on the base OS, as an attempt to help advance FreeBSD by being a testing bed for future changes.  An example of this would be TrueOS’s implementation of OpenRC and AutoFS enabled by default.”

—-And also from FiftyOneFifty

  • From +DoorToDoorGeek.  Finally, “The promise I was kingdomed”  Pine has announced a PineBook Pro, Rockchip based, metal case, 4Gb RAM portable.  At $199, you could argue you could get a faster Intel on the secondary market, but no way it’s this slim.  Also, a Rockchip upgrade for the 14″ PineBook, phone kits, gaming enclosures, a tablet with specs similar to the original Pinebook, a camera, more.  https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7093

Show Topics



3d printing aint easy

how to use ffmpeg to convert many .aiff files to .wav

for f in *.aiff; do ffmpeg -i “$f” “${f%.aiff}.wav”; done

another way to truncate silence with sox

sox -S 1.wav 1-truncated.wav silence 1 0.1 1% -1 2.0 1%

gnome-boxes. issues and fixes

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