Fellows feeling festive festoon followers with freedom! In this Christmas themed episode and the last one of the year, Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) have lovingly hand-picked a couple of FOSS goodies for their tenuous yuletide connections.
We look at Retropie (because everybody loves getting games at Christmas) which causes an outbreak of nostalgia amongst your hosts. Also, to make Santa’s life easier whilst he checks his list, we look at the hierarchical note taking app Cherrytree (Kevie also tested out the Android app SourCherry).
The steps that were spoken of in the show for setting up Retropie were as follows:
if you want to use external storage such as a USB thumb drive, then you need to create a folder called retropie-mount on the root of the drive using the PC. On Retropie go to the configuration page and select retropie setup. Then select configuration / tools and this will bring up another menu, scroll all the way down to the bottom and select usbromservice (this will be off the screen when you first look at this menu), select enable and hit OK. Go back to the home screen, press the start button on your controller and reboot the system from the quit option. When Retropie has loaded up to the home screen, plug in the USB drive and wait about 1 minute and then remove the drive again. This will have setup the USB drive with the appropriate folders. If you simply fire a load of ROMs onto a USB then it will not work; they need to go into the specific directory.
By default the sound is sent through the HDMI output, this is no use for me as my monitor does not have speakers. Press menu and select sound setting, you only get headphones or HDMI. Audio via bluetooth is not enabled by default on Retropie. The steps that worked for me on a Raspeberry Pi 400 were:
First I needed to drop out of this graphical UI to a terminal, you can’t use the pad for this, you will need a keyboard.
Press F4 to take you to a terminal
Install the pulseaudio-module-bluetooth with the command sudo apt install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
Add the user to the bluetooth group with the command sudo adduser pi bluetooth
Now we need to tell the Pi to use the connected bluetoooth audio speaker and for this we need to use a text editor, I used Nano as it was already installed: sudo nano /etc/pulse/default.pa
Add the line load-module module-switch-on-connect
Save and exit the file
Now we need to tell bluetooth to enable the audio service. Again we need to edit a file: sudo nano /etc/bluetooth/main.conf
Find the [General] section and add the line: Enable=Source,Sink,Media,Socket
Save and exit the file
Reboot the system with sudo reboot
On reboot select configuration on the home screen and select Bluetooth
Select Pair and Connect to Bluetooth Device (make sure that your device is in pairing mode)
Select Configure Bluetooth Connect Mode and then select background
I noticed after starting playing is that I had a black border around my screen. To remove this go to configuration, select raspi-config and then select Display Options, then scroll to Underscan and select No. This won’t affect you if you have this connected to a TV, but it will if connected to a monitor. Once you exit the settings it will ask if you want to reboot, you will need to reboot for this to take effect. Upon reboot the black border is removed.
The artwork is not loaded by default and it isn’t clear how to get this, however it is not difficult. When you have your ROMs listed in front of you, press start on your controller and select the Scraper option, then select Scrape Now and all of your ROMs will have their artwork. This is purely optional and only an aesthetic addition. A word of warning is that it will go through each ROM and ask which art you would like or which version of the game it is. If you are like me and have 1000s of ROMs then this is something that you may wish to skip unless you really wish to spend a lot of time configuring your system.
This episode is festively spiced with the following mix of festive tracks:
It is time for our annual list of things we really want for Christmas things we want geeks throughout the world to receive for Christmas. Partners, friends and relatives of geeks take note! TuxJam will return to its usual format for a December Christmas show.
This month your trynamic trio of Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) begin with their usual perusal of recent releases on distrowatch. They then disagree on who decided on what to review in this episode and then agree it was all of them, demonstrating that while there is indeed no ‘I’ in team, nor is there a ‘we’.
On emerging from this paradox they take a look at Manjaro (Arm) with the Wayland compositor Sway and the venerable Arity Calculator for Android available from F-droid.
Creative commons tracks played in this episode are:
The boys are back after a summer break. They begin with their usual roundup of recent releases from distrowatch. Next up they set sail for Brazil, virtually, and take a look at gaming distro RegataOS. Following that we take a look at YouTube Android player LibreTube which you can get from F-Droid and close with a brief review of the last Podcrawl Jitsi. Remember we do like feedback so please do get in touch.
Along with the usual mix of Creative Commons tracks:
We don’t start with our usual round up from distrowatch, nor do we review anything nor conclude with feedback. We do however have tunes and a yarn with Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu). This is just a short show we recorded to inform listeners of the upcoming Podcrawl Jitsi at 18:00BST (17:00 UTC) on Saturday 19 August. Hope to see you there!
The creative common tune played during this show is:
The terrible triumvirate of Kevie, Dave (aka the Bug of Love) and Andrew (the Son of Nalu) reunite for another jamming of the Tux. Into the preserve we toss a random sample of FOSS goodness reduced with sweet creative commons tuneage. Following the usual perusing of the Watch of the Distros, we take a look at the venerable linux distribution, the Operating System of the Linux PC (PCLinuxOS). We then review the android app Podverse which is a catcher of the pods. As usual we end with a review of feedback.
All this along with the usual mix of Creative Commons tracks:
WARNING: This episode, its show notes, and title contain puns which may be injurious to health.
In this episode Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu), surf distrowatch then plunge into the void to test out Void Linux, an independent distro not built on any other.
Being fellows of the fediverse, they take a look at the desktop client, and Tootle fork, Tuba. Listeners equipped with a keen eye or two might notice that Tuba offers a package specifically for Void Linux which made its review unavoidable in this show.
And, as always, the techie talk is interspersed with the usual mix of CCMusic:
TuxJam 101? Are we going back to basics? Yes! The basics being the usual creative commons tunes, free and open source software and good beer. In this show, Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) start with their usual roundup from distrowatch.com.
We take a look at Vanilla OS and, although we liked what we saw, we didn’t get to see as much as we’d like due to various technical issues which we will feed back to the developers.
Next up, we look at the beverage taste tracking app Flavordex and – purely as a service to you, dear listener – force ourselves to consume beer and whisky (with no e!) so we can enter something into the app.
We end with a roundup of feedback and note that Andrew will be attending (or have attended) FOSDEM on 4-5 Feb 2023 and co-manning the Free Culture Podcasts stand there. The next podcrawl is set for 25 March, just after the vernal equinox, in which we will raise a glass to the arrival of spring.
Creative commons licensed tunes played in this episode: