NVIDIA – More Details on Kernel 4.14-rc1 Problems..

I have found more comprehensive info on the problems with NVIDIA driver 384.69 and Kernel 4.14-rc1 – here:  http://mom.hlmjr.com/2017/09/09/driver-wars-nvidia-drivers-384-69-vs-kernel-4-13/ The code changes needed are clearly set out, but there is no ‘legal’ solution yet, due to the unresolved GPL licence … Continue reading

VMware – Fix for Kernel 4.14-rc1..

Thanks to Niol for reporting this – and thanks to mkubecek for the patch itself – there is a fix for vmmon with Kernel 4.1.-rc1.   Details are here:   https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/commit/770c7ffe611520ac96490d235399554c64e87d9f I have created this patch, and applied it to vmmon (hostif.c), … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14-rc1 Released – Breaks VMware and NVIDIA.. GPL Errors Again..

Kernel 4.14-rc1 has been released – a day early – and brief details are here:   http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1709.2/00177.html Tested with the latest NVIDIA (384.69) and VMware (12.5.7 with 4.13-patched vmnet): NVIDIA compile failed, in several places: ….. CC [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.69/kernel/nvidia-drm/nvidia-drm-crtc.o /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.69/kernel/nvidia-drm/nvidia-drm-crtc.c:173:6: error: … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14 – No More Firmware in Tree

Kernel 4.14-rc1 will soon be out, and one change is the removal of the ‘firmware’ portion of the kernel tree..   # make firmware_install will no longer work. Apparently, this in-kernel-tree firmware has not been updated since 2013 (!) and all … Continue reading

Intel – Fix for Atom MMC/GPT warning..

I had been getting a warning on boot with recent kernels on my Intel Atom-based UP system, and found a workaround..    The error flagged is – apparently – harmless, and is due to systemd not being able to recognise some … 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

Kernel – 4.13 Final Released – Still OK with latest NVIDIA, and Patched VMware..

Kernel 4.13 has been released, and is OK with the latest NVIDIA drivers (tested with 384.69) and VMware 12.5.7 (with the vmnet patch – see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2012 ) Brief details of changes since -rc7 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1709.0/01021.html The VMware workarounds for … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.13-rc6 Released – Still OK..

Kernel 4.13-rc6 is out, and brief details of changes are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1708.2/03592.html As the message mentions, if all goes well, then 4.13 Final should be out in about two weeks time from now.. The release is still OK with the … Continue reading

Hardware – UEFI Bios for Linux ‘Chromebook’

The original ‘SeaBios’ BIOS on my Acer c720p was a little clunky, so I decided to make the plunge and update it to a ‘proper’ Linux-friendly BIOS..    There is a known/good one available, but it is UEFI-only, so will … 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