PA-RISC – Back to the Future (Again..)

As part of my quest to test Linux on more obscure/historical hardware, and given that the theme was ‘HP’ after my perilous foray into the world of Linux on IA64, I have now acquired (eBay!) an ‘inexpensive’ PA-RISC system – … Continue reading

X86_64 – Fedora Upgrade on Intel ‘Apollo Lake’ System Disables EFI boot – and Fix

The Intel SOC AP42 system is not supported by Grub2-EFI, but boots using rEFInd (see article at http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2021 ). I had hoped to prevent the ‘automatic’ (re)install of grub2-efi etc by masking the (minimal) grub installation of grubby etc. – … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.18-rc2 is Out – Includes fix for VMware Runtime, OK with Latest Patched VMware and NVIDIA.

Kernel 4.18-rc2 has been released, and brief details of changes from -rc1 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.3/00112.html This includes the cmdline fix, which enables the VMware runtimes to execute correctly.   The VMware 14.1.2 vmmon patch is still required (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2322 ) NVIDIA … Continue reading

VMware – New Version of 4.18-rc1 ‘cmdline’ Patch..

As expected, there is another version of the cmdline patch for Kernel 4.18-rc1 – this time from Linus himself.. at  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.2/03011.html I have applied this, and – as with the previous version –  VMware now behaves correctly.. I should mention … Continue reading

VMware – Odd Behaviour with Kernel 4.18-rc1, and a Workaround?

VMware 14.1.2 worked OK with Kernel 4.17, on my Fedora 28 test system, but after updating to 4.18-rc1 the following occurred: Modules (vmmon/vmnet) compiled OK, but – after further testing – appeared to have a runtime problem..    I applied the … Continue reading

Fedora – F28 Annoyances, and Workarounds..

Running Fedora 28 on the test system, I have encountered the following issues with various applications, and found substitute rpm workarounds..  Usually, these can be installed by downloading them ,and then using # rpm -Uvh……… –force.. Grub-customizer still crashes, but … Continue reading

Kernel – Interim Changes for 4.17 – OK So Far..

Testing the changes submitted to date for Kernel 4.17-rc1, which is – of course – not due out just yet..   Kernel version obtained from https://github.com/torvalds/linux today – April 8. Latest VMware – 14.1.1 – vmnet/vmmon compile OK, and so does … Continue reading

Linux – Dual-Boot – Fixing the EFI FAT32 UUID..

Although I had successfully achieved a dual-boot uEFI Fedora27/Windows7 system, the expanded EFI partition issue was still unresolved..   I had successfully expanded the partition size, but the expansion of the FAT32 filesystem on it did not work, as gparted was … Continue reading

Kernel – GCC 8 Tests – Not Quite Ready…

I decided to try updating a crash-and-burn test system to Fedora 28 (early-beta..) as this included GCC 8 (currently 8.0.1), to see how well the Kernel (4.16-rc6) compiled.. There were a lot of warnings generated: …………………… CC [M] drivers/rtc/rtc-pcf8523.o CC … Continue reading

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