IA64 – An Exercise in Nostalgia..

Ever since I spent some considerable time promoting HP’s IA64 Linux systems, way back in the early-2000’s, I have always wanted one for myself, and I recently managed to acquire an RX2600 1U server for a very reasonable price, and … Continue reading

VMware – 12.5.8 Released – Still Incompatible..

There has been a new release of Workstation 12.5 – 12.5.8 – and the – rather vague – release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/12.0/rn/workstation-1258-release-notes.html I tested this with a ‘clean’ install on my cash-and-burn system, and basically, it suffers from the … Continue reading

Fedora – 26-27 DNF Upgrade Woes, and a Workaround..

After upgrading four Fedora systems (x86_64) from release 26 to 27, using # dnf system-upgrade download –refresh –releasever=27 –allowerasing –nogpgcheck –best -y , two of these worked OK, but two failed – with a sudden reboot, back to F26 – … Continue reading

VMware – Workstation 14 released – with a Gotcha..

VMware Workstation Pro 14.0.0 has been released – a bit earlier than expected – and it has a (potentially) nasty surprise for those with ‘older’ CPUs..   Release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14.0.0/rn/workstation-14-release-notes.html I installed this on my test system without any … Continue reading

VMware – Still waiting for 12.5.8…

Apparently there is ‘no information’ on the possible availability of an update to the 12.5.x version of VMware, to fix the well-known problems with GCC 7 etc… If you were thinking of trying the ‘technology preview’ version – which came … Continue reading

X86_64 – ‘Apollo Lake’ SOC System, with a Gotcha..

After more research, I decided to get one of the Intel ‘Apollo Lake’-based SOC systems, and the one I chose was from Kodlix..     It is functionally identical with another from Beelink, and in fact the Kodlix website shows images of … Continue reading

VMware – 12.5.7 Released – OK with Kernel 4.12, Still Needs GUI/GCC7 Workarounds..

VMware version 12.5.7 is out, and the release notes are here:  http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/workstation/12/workstation-1257-release-notes.html     As usual, not much actual detail, apart from “…some bug fixes and security updates.” This version compiles OK with Kernel 4.12 (tested with 4.12-rc6), but the runtime GUI … Continue reading

Fedora – Fix for Broken Kodi on Fedora 25

More distro-specific than usual posts, but hopefully ‘useful’.. I found that Kodi on Fedora 25 would no longer play M2T/MTS files.    Frustratingly, there was no error shown, or apparent debug clue, but the program just exited without any messages, when … Continue reading

VMware – Simple Fix for 12.5.6 Runtime with Fedora 26

After further research, I have found a simple solution for the VMware 12.5.6 runtime, with Fedora 26, thanks to comments by ronengi and others on the Archlinux site ( https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/vmware-patch/ ).   This made sense, as the vmware-installer graphical interface still … Continue reading

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