NVIDIA – Kernel 4.15-rc3 fixes GPL Problem..

Just updated the test system to Kernel 4.15-rc3, and the GPL issue for NVIDIA drivers has been fixed, as mentioned – vaguely – in the brief details here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1712.1/01379.html. NVIDIA driver 384.98, with the first 4.15 patch (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2134 ), … 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

Audacity – New Major Release – Compile Fix, for Portaudio..

After some considerable time, there is a new major version of Audacity – 2.2.0 – with a new-improved UI, amongst other things.. As I needed this ASAP, and did not want to wait for the (uncrippled) RPM to come out, … Continue reading

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