VMware – Fix for Kernel 4.15-rc1..

Thanks – again – to mkubecek, there is now a fix for VMware 14.0.0 and Kernel 4.15 – and details are here:   https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/commit/562121d7bc06 The fix involves changes to vmmon-only/linux/driver.c and vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c, and a new file: vmmon-only/include/compat_timer.h .    I have … Continue reading

IA64 – An Exercise in Nostalgia..

Ever since I spent some considerable time promoting HP’s IA64 Linux systems, way back in the early-2000’s, I have always wanted one for myself, and I recently managed to acquire an RX2600 1U server for a very reasonable price, and … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14-rc2 Released – Includes NVIDIA/GPL Fix..

Kernel 4.14-rc2 is out, and brief details of changes since -rc1 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1709.3/00498.html This includes: John Hubbard (1): ACPI / bus: Make ACPI_HANDLE() work for non-GPL code again – which fixes the GPL problem for NVIDIA drivers, so that … 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

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

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

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

VMware – Updated vmnet Patch for Kernel 4.9/4.10..

Thanks to Mikkel Kroman, there is a more complete patch for VMware 12.5.2  vmnet on Kernel 4.9.x and 4.10-rc’s: The change is to the get_user_pages parameter list, to now include the FOLL_WRITE parameter, and is as follows: In vmnet-only/userif.c, around … Continue reading

ARM64 – Odroid C2 – A Better Ethernet Fix..

The old meson Ethernet fix/patch/hack no longer applies cleanly to the latest (December 1) linux-next, but – fortunately – there is a ‘better’ patch available for the meson8b-dwmac driver itself.. Details can be found in this thread:  http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/linux-amlogic/2016-November/001675.html I have … Continue reading