NVIDIA – Another GPL Problem, but only with AMD Systems..

Thanks to Pete for finding this one… There is another GPL-only issue with NVIDIA and Kernel 4.14-rc2, but this one only occurs if you have an AMD system, with the new ‘secure memory encryption’ feature enabled…    It may also crop … 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

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

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

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

VMware – 12.5.3 released – OK with Kernel 4.10. 4.11 Patch Still Works..

VMware 12.5.3 has been released, and release notes are here:  http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/workstation/12pro/workstation-1253-release-notes.html Although these notes only mention Kernel 4.9.0, I can confirm that it also supports 4.10.x Kernels (tested on 4.10.1). I applied the vmmon and vmnet patches for Kernel 4.11, … Continue reading

NVIDIA – Kernel 4.11 Fix Available, but not ‘Legal’..

There is a fix/patch available now, for NVIDIA driver 378.13 on Kernel 4.11, but it involves modifying the licence on NVIDIA code, and so is not legal.. Details – and links to discussions – here:  https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/995636/?comment=5101210 Some previous changes to … Continue reading