Tuesday, September 29, 2009

VMware Server 1.0.x library dependency problem

In the beginning of the year, I wrote this article about some problems between older VMware server 1.0.x and newer Linux distributions. The problem is related to the vmware kernel modules whose source code are not compatible with newer Linux kernels.

I was surprised with one thing. When I upgraded VMware Server from version 1.0.8 to 1.0.9, VMware Server console stopped working. The new version was installed on the same system (OpenSUSE 11.1) as the old one, so I don't understand the reason. The important thing is I found a solution. The new version began producing these new error messages after trying to run vmware command:
/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libgcc_s.so.1/libgcc_s.so.1: version `GCC_4.2.0' not found (required by /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6)
/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libgcc_s.so.1/libgcc_s.so.1: version `GCC_4.2.0' not found (required by /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6)
/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/libgio-2.0.so.0: undefined symbol: g_thread_gettime
I have tried to unset this environment variable influencing behavior of GTK2 applications:
Otherwise, the variable is referencing related gtkrc files defining GTK2 user's environment. Try it and I hope it will help.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 released

Today, it was released a next minor version of Red Hat's flagship Linux distribution RHEL 5.4. Here it is a brief summary of new features and updates:
  • KVM hypervisor - Full support of Kernel-based Virtual Machine is included now. XEN support is included as well, but you can't use both XEN and KVM at the same time. Each hypervisor requires different kernel. You need to have 64b machine to run KVM. It supports RHEL 3/4/5 or Windows XP/2003/2008 as guests.
  • KVM paravirtualized drivers - They are available for Windows XP/2003/2008 in package virtio-win.
  • FUSE support - New version includes modules for Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) and related utilities. Support for the XFS was added as well. It icnludes updates of CIFS and EXT4 filesystems.
  • Infiniband drivers - It contains some portions of prepared Open Fabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.4.1.
New release of RHEL contains many other updates and enhancements which aren't mentioned here. For more details read the RHEL 5.4 official release notes.