An updated patch is available to make VMware Workstation 7.1.6 or Player 3.1.6 work with kernel 3.16: vmware-patch_for_kernel_3.16.tar.gz

This time, I’ve created the patch myself as there were no patches available on the web.

If you used the previous patch for kernel 3.11, go into /usr/lib/vmware/modules, move the already-patched files out of the way and copy the unpatched files to their original location:
# cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/
# mv source source-3.11
# cp -a source-player3.1.6-something-backup source

The install instructions are same as before, just replace 3.11 with 3.16:
$ tar xf vmware-patch_for_kernel_3.16.tar.gz
# cd vmware-patch_for_kernel_3.16
# ./

Tested with Debian Wheezy using kernel 3.16 from wheezy-backports.

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I’ve reverse-engineered CARPS data format used by some Canon printers and created a CUPS driver called CARPS-CUPS. These printers can now print from Linux!

Tested on MF5730. Printers that use the same data format and should work:

  • MF5750
  • MF5770
  • MF5630
  • MF5650
  • MF3110
  • imageCLASS D300
  • FP-L170/MF350/L380/L398
  • LC310/L390/L408S
  • PC-D300/FAX-L400/ICD300
  • L180/L380S/L398S

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If you need to run VMware Workstation 7.1.6 or Player 3.1.6 (because newer versions require virtualization support in CPU) with recent kernels, you will run into several problems:

  1. If you use kernel with just two-number version (e.g. 3.11), VMware refuses to compile the kernel modules because it expects three numbers in kernel version (e.g. 3.2.0). This can be solved by patching VMware binary files:
    # sed 's/\x83\xe8\x03\x83\xf8\x01\x0f\x96\xc0/\x83\xe8\x02\x83\xf8\x01\x0f\x96\xc0/' -i /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
    # sed 's/\x83\xe8\x03\x83\xf8\x01\x0f\x96\xc0/\x83\xe8\x02\x83\xf8\x01\x0f\x96\xc0/' -i /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

    as described here:
  2. If you attempt to compile the modules manually, it will fail because they use deprecated kernel functions. This can be solved by applying some patches to the module sources:
    • Patch that updates the modules to work with kernel 3.4:
      This also includes script that does all the work – unpacking, patching, packing the sources back and running compilation.
    • Patches to vmblock and vmnet for kernel 3.12:
  3. VMware fails to find kernel header files because it searches for version.h file at /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/linux/version.h. This can be easily solved by creating a symlink to the new file location:
    ln -s /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/linux/version.h

I put everything together and created a package of the above patches and modified script that does everything automatically: vmware-patch_for_kernel_3.11.tar.gz

  1. Make sure you have gcc and kernel headers for the currently running kernel installed:
    # aptitude install linux-headers-`uname -r`
  2. Install VMware:
    $ kdesu ./VMware-Player-3.1.6-744570.i386.bundle

    $ gksu ./VMware-Player-3.1.6-744570.i386.bundle
  3. Unpack and apply the patches:
    $ tar xf vmware-patch_for_kernel_3.11.tar.gz
    # cd vmware-patch_for_kernel_3.11
    # ./
  4. Run VMware.

Tested with Debian Wheezy using kernel 3.11 from wheezy-backports.

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A new utility was released – cx861xx_flash – Conexant CX861xx USB Boot Flash Utility. It can access flash on devices with CX86111/CX86113, such as Flarion Desktop Modem.

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usbmonctl v1.3 released, adding EIZO FlexScan HD2441W and S1921 control descriptions.

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