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

Kernel – 4.13-rc2 out – Still OK with Latest VMware (patched) and NVIDIA..

Kernel 4.13-rc2 has been released, and brief details of changes from -rc1 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1707.2/06568.html It used to be that if things were OK with the initial -rc version of the kernel, then all subsequent -rc versions were also OK, … Continue reading

VMware – Fix for Kernel 4.13-rc1 and vmnet, Already..

Thanks to fast work by dariusd at the VMware forum, there is already a fix for the vmnet compile failure with Kernel 4.13-rc1.. The patch can be found on this thread:  https://communities.vmware.com/message/2688967 I have tested it, and vmnet now compiles … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.13-rc1 Released Early – OK with Latest NVIDIA, Breaks VMware..

Kernel 4.13-rc1 is out, a day earlier than usual, and brief details are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1707.1/04719.html The latest NVIDIA driver – 384.47 – compiles and loads OK: ….. Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 modules CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.47/kernel/nvidia-drm.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.47/kernel/nvidia-drm.ko CC … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.12 Final Released – OK with Latest VMware and NVIDIA..

Kernel 4.12 is out, and brief details of changes from -rc7 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1707.0/00325.html    You can find more detailed info from the kernel git site: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/log/?h=v4.12&showmsg=1 The latest versions of VMware (12.5.7) and NVIDIA (384.47-beta and 381.22) compile and load/run … 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