[CentOS] What RH-like on a Dell XPS 15 (9590)?

Fri Jul 28 15:26:27 UTC 2017
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 07/28/2017 08:58 AM, Johnny Hughes wrote:
> On 07/28/2017 07:51 AM, wwp wrote:
>> Hello Johnny,
>> On Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:14:49 -0500 Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>>> On 07/28/2017 07:04 AM, wwp wrote:
>>>> Hello Johnny,
>>>> On Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:44:33 -0500 Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>>>>> On 07/28/2017 05:40 AM, Johnny Hughes wrote:  
>>>>>> On 07/27/2017 12:25 PM, wwp wrote:    
>>>>>>> Hello there,
>>>>>>> I've just got a Dell XPS 15 (9590) at work and need to set up a stable
>>>>>>> GNU/Linux system on it. I thought of CentOS7, but.. obviously its
>>>>>>> kernel can't run on this hardware.
>>>>>>> What would you recommend? Waiting for CentOS8 is not an option unless
>>>>>>> it's a question of few weeks. Are there respins of the CentOS7 DVDs w/
>>>>>>> more top-recent kernels? I'm know of Fedora 26 or course, and not
>>>>>>> willing to switch to Ubuntu 16.10 at all.
>>>>>> I have an experimental 4.9.x kernel stream for x86_64.  Let me see if I
>>>>>> can create a live-dvd that boots with that kernel and installs.    
>>>>> 4.9 kernel tree for CentOS-7 that is.
>>>>> It lives here:
>>>>> http://mirror.centos.org/altarch/7/experimental/x86_64/
>>>>> (currently pushing a 4.9.39 kernel there)  
>>>> Thanks, if I succeed in installing a C7, I'll make use of it and
>>>> provide feedback.
>>> hmmm .. the live ISO fails to boot .. there is not squashfs module ..
>>> let me see if I can fix that.
>> Where could I get an ISO (once fixed), I only saw RPMs at the link you
>> pasted? Or do I have to assemble myself in some way?
> Once I get a working ISO that installs, I'll post a link.
> You would have to set up the experimental repo in /etc/yum.repos.d/ to
> get kernel updates, and those would be RPM only.
> In fact, I have a live ISO now that installs (in KVM) .. but I still
> need to make sure this kernel updates correctly from the experimental
> repo.
> The kernel (and linux-firmware) rpms are unsigned, but should upgrade
> from the experimental repo for future upgrades and those are signed.
> So, I should have something installable sometime in the next few hours
> that you can try.

OK .. I just pushed this ISO to the master mirror:

CentOS-7-x86_64-LiveGnome-1707-exp.iso (sha256sum):

Once it makes it to the mirrors, it can be downloaded via this link:


I also tested this on a physical machine (t520 thinkpad) , as well as an
install on a KVM VM, and it installs fine both places.

After install and reboot, add in the experimental.repo file via this
link (bottom of the page):


Run a 'yum upgrade', reboot and you should be set.

Johnny Hughes

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