Linux – Dual-Boot Nasty Hack..

I am setting up an HP Z820 as – primarily – a video creating/editing/restoring system, but I need to be able to boot into Windows 7 Pro (for Vegas Pro, AviSynth, Prodrenalin, Mercalli, etc. etc..) and Linux (Fedora)..   I had … Continue reading

ARM64 – Fedora 27, UEFI and Pi3..

I decided – after some time – to do some more with the Raspberry Pi 3, and set it up as a small network print server.. As there was now an ‘official’ version of Fedora 27 for the Pi3, I … Continue reading

IA64 – Update to Kernel 4.15-rc1..

Just updated the Itanium2 system (RX2600/ZX9000 hybrid) to kernel 4.15-rc1, but encountered a problem with the NFSv4 code.    Recent changes have exposed problems with ‘older’ compilers, and the system currently has GCC 4.3 (on Fedora 9/IA64): ………………….. CALL scripts/checksyscalls.sh <stdin>:1185:2: … Continue reading

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 – and … 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