VMware – 12.5.6 Breaks Fedora 26 / GCC 7 Workaround..

I had been testing VMware 12.5.6 – unsuccessfully – with Kernel 4.12-rc2, but on reverting to Kernel 4.11.3, I found that the vmware runtime workaround for Fedora 26 / GCC 7 ( see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=1939 ) no longer worked, and produced … Continue reading

VMware – 12.5.6 Released – OK with Kernel 4.11, Still Not with 4.12, Breaks F26 Workaround..

VMware version 12.5.6 is out, and (brief) details are here: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/workstation/12/workstation-1256-release-notes.html In the release notes, it would be helpful if a bit more detail than just ” Bug fixes and security updates ” were given… This version now works OK … Continue reading

Hardware – Inexpensive Small Linux Laptop..

After some research, I decided to use an Intel-powered ex-Chromebook for my portable Linux project..    I settled on an Acer Chromebook c720p, as this could be ‘converted’ to run Linux natively, rather than in emulation via Crouton..    There are several … Continue reading

VMware – Not Working with Fedora 26 – GCC 7, and Workarounds..

I have recently updated one crash-and-burn system to Fedora 26 (alpha/testing) and have encountered two problems with VMware and the ‘bleeding edge’ version of GCC included.. The first problem sounded very familiar, and it is a repeat of one from … Continue reading

NVIDIA – New Driver – OK with Kernel 4.9..

Just tested the latest NVIDIA driver – 375.20 – and it compiles cleanly with Kernel 4.9-rc5: ……………………………… Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 modules CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20/kernel/nvidia-drm.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20/kernel/nvidia-drm.ko CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20/kernel/nvidia-modeset.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20/kernel/nvidia-modeset.ko CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20/kernel/nvidia-uvm.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20/kernel/nvidia-uvm.ko CC … Continue reading

ARM64 – Odroid C2 – Hack to Fix Ethernet Hangs..

I had been constantly frustrated by the Odroid C2 meson8b-dwmac Ethernet ‘hang’ problem, which has persisted over (at least..) eight different ‘patched kernel’ versions that I have tested..    The network link hung/stopped after a short time at full (1000Mbps) speed, … Continue reading

X86_64 – UP Board – ‘Cherry Trail’ – Sound – Working..

The only missing OS component on the new UP Board (x5-Z8350) was that sound (HDMI) was not present..    After a bit of digging, I found some patches for Kernel 4.5, and a later patched kernel version that was supposed to … Continue reading

ARM – Next CHIP ARMv7 – First Impressions..

After pre-ordering one many months ago, I finally got my Next CHIP ARMv7 system in the post.. It certainly is fairly small, but seems well-constructed..     Details are at http://docs.getchip.com/chip.html#chip-hardware After connecting the UART/USB cable, as normal, the system booted into … Continue reading

ARM64 – Hikey Success, with Linux-Next..

After some time, I decided to test the latest ‘Linux-Next’ with the 96Boards HiSilicon Hikey, and – this time – it booted successfully (headless), with networking.. Fedora 24 (Twenty Four) Kernel 4.7.0-rc5-next-20160628 on an aarch64 (ttyAMA0) ………………….. # uname -a … Continue reading