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Fedora 26 - Release day 07/11/2017

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Welp, today is the day. I'm waiting patiently for getfedora.org to update their downloads pages. Although I've not seen any announcements yet, I'm hopeful it'll happen. I've been running the beta of F26 for a few days now and it's rather stable minus a couple of issues.

The first issue is a 'System Failure' in the kernel when the desktop loads. Not sure exactly what it affects. Everything seems to be working fine, but it's an error none the less. See the image below.


Next is a strange source code compiling type of error. Any source code I've had to ./configure cannot find most of the libraries/headers it needs to compile. The main one I've had trouble with is SDL as well as a few others I don't quite recall right off the top of my head. I've tried manually passing the path along with no avail. Strangely though, source that uses cmake to configure finds all libraries/headers just fine. This has made packaging RPMs of a few emulators a…

Genymotion and ARM Binary Translation, Early 2017 Linux Edition

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Using Linux there isn't a lot of choices for fancy Android emulators. AFAIK the only real contenders are Genymotion and the SDK Android Simulator. Personally I've never achieved great performance out of the Simulator so that leaves Genymotion. And that's where I'll start.

Genymotion is an Android emulator which uses VirtualBox s it's core. It seems to be mainly aimed at developers with a pay to use model. However they do offer a free for personal use build. This is the version I will be using for this post.

One of the main issues with Genymotion is it's emulation is based on x86 CPU only, meaning there is no ARM CPU compatibility out of the box. This also means most apps in the Play Store will not work. And speaking of the Play Store is the next issue, the suite of Google apps are not installed by default. This means no Play Store. But don't fret, you can add both ARM binary translation and all your favorite Google apps to a Genymotion Android virtual devic…