TRS-80

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    TRS-80 reacted to Werner in Changing default Armbian shell to ZSH   
    IMHO I would not ship zsh by default. Simply because one of Armbians goals is to provide a mostly unmodified experience known from a fresh vanilla Debian/Ubuntu installation on other platforms. Providing as pre-configured and easy to install enhancement is perfectly fine.
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    TRS-80 reacted to JMCC in RK3288/RK3328 Legacy Multimedia Framework   
    LOL No, man, I'm not that old!
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    TRS-80 reacted to axzxc1236 in RK3288/RK3328 Legacy Multimedia Framework   
    I am very impressed by how much feature we are getting... WOWIE
    I don't know if anyone has said this to you but you are a legend!
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    TRS-80 reacted to Igor in Using different desktop environments on Armbian   
    Commercial Rpi OS is based on: https://wiki.lxde.org/en/Main_Page which is IMO not near more modern and project they have forked, seems dead. But it certainly appears more modern than its fork ... perhaps more than XFCE. Subjective.
     
    Our current amateur desktop is more or less stock XFCE with custom theme and wallpaper and was not changed since years - except internal version, applications within. We only make it to provide something clean, light and stable. It has those most important properties, which is important for serious deployments. Distro hoppers or Rpi users are not our target group and on most hardware we support, Armbian is usually best choice for different reasons.
     
    But as @Werner pointed out, for about a year we are developing desktop upgrade - but its again for our internal needs, to make more desktop options and to make package management easier. We hope someone will step up and tweak desktops further so they will look nicer but if not, they will remain as is.
     
    If you want to trade stability and security for nice design, just say it  It is way way cheaper to make desktop looks nice then keeping OS functional. We can't cover everything and in any case - there is no reward except internal satisfaction.
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    TRS-80 reacted to tparys in armbian-config RFC ideas   
    As a fun little hack, here's a little example wrapper for the dialog program. Mark it executable, toss it in /usr/local/bin, and fire up armbian-config.
     
    Obviously delete it afterwards. don't leave it there. That's probably a bad idea.
     
    But might work as a brief tech demo of what an X11 driven armbian-config might look like ...
     

    dialog
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    TRS-80 reacted to Gareth Halfacree in Encrypted OpenZFS performance   
    Your MicroServer has either an Opteron or Ryzen processor in it, either one of which is considerably more powerful than the Arm-based RK3399.
     
    As a quick test, I ran OpenSSL benchmarks for AES-256-CBC on my Ryzen 2700X desktop, an older N54L MicroServer, and the Helios64, block size 8129 bytes.
     
    Helios64: 68411.39kB/s.
    N54L: 127620.44kB/s.
    Desktop: 211711.31kB/s.
     
    From that, you can see the Helios64 CPU is your bottleneck: 68,411.39kB/s is about 67MB/s, or within shouting distance of your 62MB/s real-world throughput - and that's just encryption, without the LZ4 compression overhead.
     
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    TRS-80 reacted to SteeMan in Looking for more recent build for x96 mini   
    Moved post into its own thread as this is not related to the thread it was originally posted in.
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    TRS-80 got a reaction from Gediz in So, I bought a PinePhone :) (I used to be, well still am in fact, a Librem 5 guy)   
    Wherein I explain my conversion... 
     
    Pine64 was barely on my radar in the past.  There are so many SBC and companies just trying to sell crap it can be hard to tell who is who some times, until you look into one company / board / device or another, a little more in depth.
     
    I have been following Librem 5 development for a long time, so I was aware of PinePhone, but they seemed in my mind back then a bit like a "Johnny come lately" who were just trying to capitalize on whatever Purism were trying to do.
     
    Then @lanefu was raving about his PineBookPro in IRC, it was only then I started really poking around their forums the last month or so, and now I must say my opinion of them have really changed a lot.
     
    Now they seem to me like a really hacker mindset, hardware oriented company.  They really seem to just enjoy making and selling interesting/compelling hardware (for cheap! to get the stuff out there).  They sell spare parts for example, and have a wiki with lots of good information, and schematics, etc.  And they have a nice community forming around their devices, who are in turn, creating spin-off projects...  In short, they seem to be the genuine article (in a time where many other companies are riding on the wave of popularity of "open source" whilst in actuality being nothing of the sort).
     
    Purism seem more committed to pushing the supply chain in a F/LOSS direction, but how can we know that Pine64 are not (without being mind readers)?  Well, I have always realized Pine64 are simply taking a different approach.  Some times I fear Purism may have bit off more than they can chew.  They are shipping now, but only in low numbers.  r/Purism is a cesspool of nasty, disgruntled people (maybe I expect too much, it is Reddit, after all).  But if Purism fail, I fear that will set back GNU/Linux on phones overall.  Which is the only thing I really care about.  At any rate, even if I were to order one now, it seems I would be waiting at least a year, also with a less than nil chance of never receiving the device at all, unfortunately.
     
    The Pine64 approach, whilst admittedly not as appealing to my inner rms zealot , is perhaps more realistic and attainable.  The older I get, and more real world project / life experience, I start to wonder if this may be the better approach.  Smaller steps, and iteration.  Who knows where it will lead, if we can get more numbers of Linux phones actually in the hands of more people.  For example, apparently some guy already reverse engineered the PinePhone modem OS, and has it running with plain Linux, without blobs!  Amazing!
     
    At some point I guess I realized that PinePhone and Librem 5 are not competing with one another, and that none of this is an either/or proposition.  In fact, both projects are advancing the state of the art of GNU/Linux phones; just in different ways.
     
    Very recently, I was trying to upgrade to the latest LineageOS on my Galaxy s5.  Of course this is a pain in the arse and why I only get around to really doing it every year or two it seems.  And every time, it seems Google / carriers / whoever have tightened the noose a little bit more.  So, this time around, I finally reached the point where I became so disgusted, that I was willing to actually cancel my cellular service altogether, rather than continue dealing with this nonsense (specifically: VoLTE is becoming mandatory on US carriers, and LineageOS have said they cannot / will not support VoLTE for whatever reason).
     
    Importantly, I think it's important to point out that I think any human being needs to reach some tipping point, where our disgust for ${current platform} exceeds the hassle and/or learning curve of switching to ${new platform}.  I have said this many times to people who are curious about switching from Windows -> Linux for example.  Also, this point varies for different people (I get there sooner as I care more about Freedom and have less patience for dinosaur sociopathic proprietary business models, etc.).
     
    Anyway, reading some recent threads/posts at Pine64 forums revealed that the PinePhone is currently actually apparently quite usable as a "daily driver" at least for the bare minimum of things I would say that entails: phone/voice (including VoLTE(!)), SMS, and data (on most carriers in US, anyway[0]).  Which was honestly better than I was expecting.  Of course, there are many, many programs in the repositories that do not work properly (or at all) on a phone interface.  And what any individual will consider "bare minimum" acceptable will vary greatly!  But for me at least, that basic phone/data/SMS functionality is enough.  All the rest will not only come in time, if I have a PinePhone in hand I will be able to actively contribute to making it happen, sooner.
     
    So, yeah, I pulled the trigger on a PinePhone.      And I plan to use it (more or less) as my "daily driver", likely with my old s5 along side for some period of time, just in case (I figure I should be able to tether it if needed, as tethering is also already working on PinePhone).
     
    Long term, I think we still need to continue to push the supply chain in a more explicitly F/LOSS/H direction.  Therefore (assuming they don't go bankrupt before then) I will likely also purchase one or more Librem devices from Purism in the future to support that goal.
     
    But buying a PinePhone now gets me in the game, sooner.  And I really started to like what they have going on over there.
     
    Please discuss.
     
    Cheers,
    TRS-80
     
    [0] some times requiring workarounds
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    TRS-80 got a reaction from ChrisO in Armbian loves Microsoft   
    Have they released Office/Windows under F/LOSS license?  Tells you everything you need to know.  Leopard don't change their spots, which is why I am not buying that they suddenly "got religion" about open source.
     
    Remember, they tried (very hard!) for decades to kill F/LOSS!  Referring to it as "cancer", etc.  Back then, the future was not certain, I can assure you!  By now, things look a lot better, it appears we won and they lost!  We are not only still here, but growing, which is why they had to switch tactic/marketing, or else become irrelevant.  But that is all it is, marketing (i.e., lies, as their actions prove otherwise, see first point).
     
    So let them die off already, IMO.  By virtue of their past actions, they no longer deserve to be a part of the collaborative future we are building together.  Make no mistake, they are still the enemy.  And the enemy deserves neither aid nor comfort from us.
     
    If you are going to disregard all the above and put it in anyway, then yes, Vscodium would be a more palatable alternative (removing the spyware).  But still misses the (IMO) more important political point.  Not to mention the fact that such a fork is necessary only serves to reinforce my earlier points that M$ still does not really "get it."  Even when trying to do "open source" they still cannot help themselves but put spyware into it, have a EULA, and all the other nonsense we have always expected from them.
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    TRS-80 reacted to MarkLuun in Best SBC to run as network relay with "high" bandwidth   
    Thanks for the warning but after running between 20 and 30 TOR nodes for about 4 years already, I have seen most problems comming up with this. 
    But you are right in the point, not to run an exitnode from your own home network.
    In this case a middlenode is a good choise and make no problems at all. 
    Exits are better placed in a DC.
    In Europe some good and cheap options are avaliable for this and own dedicated hardware via a SBC is a good way to go in safe environment.
     
    I found the NanoPi Neo3 to be a good choise for this use case. But it’s just ramping up the traffic now. Will take some days to have results that count.
     
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    TRS-80 reacted to soerenderfor in ROCKPro64 as NAS?   
    @TRS-80 - I  do use i 5 port card now, works out of the box, and very cheap.. any ways.

    If i remember correct, i did something like this:
     
    cd /etc/udev/rules.d sudo nano 99-9230.rules in the file add this line
     
    ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="pci", ATTR{vendor}=="0x1b4b", ATTR{device}=="0x9230", RUN+="/bin/bash -c 'echo %k > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ahci/bind'" reboot, and the card should be visible, in OMV

    Hi, i have inserted link from a older thread, where we talked about rockpro64 as a NAS
     
     
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    TRS-80 reacted to sfx2000 in Best SBC to run as network relay with "high" bandwidth   
    Atheros 9331 can do this all day long on 100-Base-T... 400MHz MIPS32
     
    [SUM]   0.00-10.00  sec   102 MBytes  85.5 Mbits/sec              sender [SUM]   0.00-10.00  sec   101 MBytes  84.4 Mbits/sec                  receiver  
    64MB RAM/16MB SPI-NOR - running OpenWRT
     
    If you need a bit more horsepower to route traffic - MV3720 on Gigabit can do wire speed there...
     
    Alternate for 1GB - QCA IPQ-40xx - I've got a IPQ-4019 board running QSDK (based on an older OpenWRT with QCA special sauce), and it can route actually better than the MV3720 - and that's a QuadCore Cortex-A7...
     
    Key thing here - AR9331/MV3720/IPQ4019 - these are all communications focused devices, not application processors/boards...
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    TRS-80 reacted to Igor in AppArmor: AppArmor disabled by boot time parameter   
    I don't remember why but now someone has to research this topic. Maybe the answer is in the git history, maybe on forum, ... Since maintainers and developers have plenty of planned research and development work this can easily take months just to start. If you need things faster, build tools are well maintained https://docs.armbian.com/Developer-Guide_Build-Preparation/
     
     
    Everyone that comes on this forum has to pass this limitation and its good that you question this. You could also try to find an answer instead of bumping the topic? tl;dr; One reason is to keep this forum free from automatic spam and the other is to keep forum from human spam and excessive seeking for attention. There are 1/1000 of resources needed to keep support on the level you would like to have it. Fixing your problem in matter of days and with the support contract you have is near to impossible and making a pressure is not much tolerated.

    We try to keep forum as forum and this we hope you will understand in one week, after limitations is automatically disabled. If you don't, we (could) manually extend this "welcome" period for another week or block access since you have already broke forum rules by bumping the topic with no value to get attention to the issue. This is an offence and disrespectful to people that provide help on their expense and others that have asked for help before and are patiently waiting if someone would find time to help.
     
    If you need things faster, bumping the topic is not the way to operate in this community and I think elsewhere too. Covering a part of the costs you are creating additionally improves chances to get attention and removes the 1st week post limits at once. Automatically.
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    TRS-80 reacted to wurmfood in Openmediavault & zfs   
    I suggest checking out this post and the solution a little below it, as it sounds like your same problem.
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    TRS-80 got a reaction from lanefu in So, I bought a PinePhone :) (I used to be, well still am in fact, a Librem 5 guy)   
    Wherein I explain my conversion... 
     
    Pine64 was barely on my radar in the past.  There are so many SBC and companies just trying to sell crap it can be hard to tell who is who some times, until you look into one company / board / device or another, a little more in depth.
     
    I have been following Librem 5 development for a long time, so I was aware of PinePhone, but they seemed in my mind back then a bit like a "Johnny come lately" who were just trying to capitalize on whatever Purism were trying to do.
     
    Then @lanefu was raving about his PineBookPro in IRC, it was only then I started really poking around their forums the last month or so, and now I must say my opinion of them have really changed a lot.
     
    Now they seem to me like a really hacker mindset, hardware oriented company.  They really seem to just enjoy making and selling interesting/compelling hardware (for cheap! to get the stuff out there).  They sell spare parts for example, and have a wiki with lots of good information, and schematics, etc.  And they have a nice community forming around their devices, who are in turn, creating spin-off projects...  In short, they seem to be the genuine article (in a time where many other companies are riding on the wave of popularity of "open source" whilst in actuality being nothing of the sort).
     
    Purism seem more committed to pushing the supply chain in a F/LOSS direction, but how can we know that Pine64 are not (without being mind readers)?  Well, I have always realized Pine64 are simply taking a different approach.  Some times I fear Purism may have bit off more than they can chew.  They are shipping now, but only in low numbers.  r/Purism is a cesspool of nasty, disgruntled people (maybe I expect too much, it is Reddit, after all).  But if Purism fail, I fear that will set back GNU/Linux on phones overall.  Which is the only thing I really care about.  At any rate, even if I were to order one now, it seems I would be waiting at least a year, also with a less than nil chance of never receiving the device at all, unfortunately.
     
    The Pine64 approach, whilst admittedly not as appealing to my inner rms zealot , is perhaps more realistic and attainable.  The older I get, and more real world project / life experience, I start to wonder if this may be the better approach.  Smaller steps, and iteration.  Who knows where it will lead, if we can get more numbers of Linux phones actually in the hands of more people.  For example, apparently some guy already reverse engineered the PinePhone modem OS, and has it running with plain Linux, without blobs!  Amazing!
     
    At some point I guess I realized that PinePhone and Librem 5 are not competing with one another, and that none of this is an either/or proposition.  In fact, both projects are advancing the state of the art of GNU/Linux phones; just in different ways.
     
    Very recently, I was trying to upgrade to the latest LineageOS on my Galaxy s5.  Of course this is a pain in the arse and why I only get around to really doing it every year or two it seems.  And every time, it seems Google / carriers / whoever have tightened the noose a little bit more.  So, this time around, I finally reached the point where I became so disgusted, that I was willing to actually cancel my cellular service altogether, rather than continue dealing with this nonsense (specifically: VoLTE is becoming mandatory on US carriers, and LineageOS have said they cannot / will not support VoLTE for whatever reason).
     
    Importantly, I think it's important to point out that I think any human being needs to reach some tipping point, where our disgust for ${current platform} exceeds the hassle and/or learning curve of switching to ${new platform}.  I have said this many times to people who are curious about switching from Windows -> Linux for example.  Also, this point varies for different people (I get there sooner as I care more about Freedom and have less patience for dinosaur sociopathic proprietary business models, etc.).
     
    Anyway, reading some recent threads/posts at Pine64 forums revealed that the PinePhone is currently actually apparently quite usable as a "daily driver" at least for the bare minimum of things I would say that entails: phone/voice (including VoLTE(!)), SMS, and data (on most carriers in US, anyway[0]).  Which was honestly better than I was expecting.  Of course, there are many, many programs in the repositories that do not work properly (or at all) on a phone interface.  And what any individual will consider "bare minimum" acceptable will vary greatly!  But for me at least, that basic phone/data/SMS functionality is enough.  All the rest will not only come in time, if I have a PinePhone in hand I will be able to actively contribute to making it happen, sooner.
     
    So, yeah, I pulled the trigger on a PinePhone.      And I plan to use it (more or less) as my "daily driver", likely with my old s5 along side for some period of time, just in case (I figure I should be able to tether it if needed, as tethering is also already working on PinePhone).
     
    Long term, I think we still need to continue to push the supply chain in a more explicitly F/LOSS/H direction.  Therefore (assuming they don't go bankrupt before then) I will likely also purchase one or more Librem devices from Purism in the future to support that goal.
     
    But buying a PinePhone now gets me in the game, sooner.  And I really started to like what they have going on over there.
     
    Please discuss.
     
    Cheers,
    TRS-80
     
    [0] some times requiring workarounds
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    TRS-80 reacted to Igor in Installation of Wireguard   
    This is open source. You can track authors of this and that part of the code. Then you have to expect that authors or maintainers might not have time to deal with problems you have in real time. Sometimes yes, mostly not.
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    TRS-80 got a reaction from bunducafe in eth1 (2.5) vanished: Upgrade to 20.11.3 / 5.9.14-rockchip64   
    Rare mistake by Igor!
     
    In few years I been lurking here, this is only time I can recall such thing happening.  Of course everyone make mistakes, and there were probably some I was not aware of, but this is first time I can remember such thing happening.
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    TRS-80 got a reaction from starman345 in Holiday shopping the easy way   
    I never know what to get anyone.  If I'm being honest I have more than a little disdain for how commercialized the holidays have become nowadays.  We were not raised in a materialistic way growing up.  A lot of gifts were socks and other actually useful things like that (which I only appreciate now as I get older ).  Anyway...
     
    So when some of the guys shared some pictures of themselves with some Armbian swag in IRC a while back, a little light bulb went off in my head. 
     
    So this morning, I went nuts and spent > 400 USD sending everyone in my family some Armbian swag.    I figure, it's a good way to get the word out there to friends and family about a project I care a lot about, while supporting the project a bit financially at the same time.
     
       
     
    I don't expect anyone else to spend that sort of money, in fact I am a tight wad and rarely do, myself.  But a coffee mug or something might be nice?
     
    I also don't like to rush people (because I don't like to be rushed, myself), however if you are going for delivery before the holidays I would place your order ASAP, maybe even today.
     
    One final gotcha, their credit card processor apparently only allow 2 orders per day.  Luckily I had sent orders to other family first, because my third order was denied.  I called their customer support and they confirmed this issue and told me to try again after 24 hours.  So the stuff that is coming here for us I will place that order (again) tomorrow.  I just wanted to give everyone a heads up about that though.
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    TRS-80 reacted to Lope in [SOLVED] Orange Pi Zero analog audio not working (using expansion board)   
    Hi @guidol Thank you
    I just did some more searching and found your very useful forum posts about audio issues you had with orange pi zero
    I did try making /etc/asound.conf as per examples on the orange pi forums, which didn't help.

    I'm going to see if I've got all the modules loaded.
    I've edited my first post with more commands and outputs.
     
    I added
    sun4i_codec sun8i_codec_analog to /etc/modules
     
    YES, progress!!!
     
    $ aplay -l **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: Codec [H3 Audio Codec], device 0: CDC PCM Codec-0 [] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 YES!!! IT WORKS. IT WORKS!!!

    It's ALIVE!!!!! (demented laughter)
    Muahahahah
     

     
    Wow! I'm impressed with the sound quality!!!
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    TRS-80 reacted to markonmoto2 in NanoPi M4V2 + SataHAT + OMV - pcie fail to train after reboot   
    I also tried to go with mainline earlier this year but as you both mentioned stability issues get me back to legacy ;P i didn't have time to investigate that further, temporary fix is "do not reboot", in case of mainline kernel there is probably still an issue with it because there is still some reports here and there that are no older than 1-2months, and there is hardly any evidence of it resolved, except of various fix by locking clock speeds and changing governor's which in the and usually still ends with instabilities

    v1 is more stable, so it even can be hardware level bug in case of v2... the issue persist from early days and there is still no clear resolution for this (i have v2 almost from first days of its availability) especially that rockpi with also ddr4 works without a hitch.

    Sent from my Redmi 4X using Tapatalk


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    TRS-80 reacted to Igor in How does armbian have dts files that mainline linux doesn't?   
    Because mainline kernel is a RAW generic material which we use, make certain (actually quite a lot of - we deal with base development) changes, add certain boards to it and distribute. Integration and acceptance to mainline kernel takes a lot of time and many things are never accepted / integrated. While they can be a part of Armbian for weeks, months, years. It's our burden of maintaining and advantage at the same time. The same goes for u-boot.
     
    All changes are public and you can study them in the following folders:
     
    kernel
    https://github.com/armbian/build/tree/master/patch/kernel
    https://github.com/armbian/build/tree/master/patch/misc
    https://github.com/armbian/build/blob/master/lib/compilation-prepare.sh
    https://github.com/armbian/build/tree/master/config/kernel
     
    u-boot
    https://github.com/armbian/build/tree/master/patch/u-boot
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    TRS-80 reacted to hexdump in Free and Libre Open Source SBC List Thread   
    i think you can run some allwinner socs (at least the h6) and some rockchip socs nearly blob free as they do the memory setup themself, have open source atf (and sometimes optee too) and u-boot. maybe a free usb wifi might be required as boards sometimes come with wifi requiring blobs. this way one might even be able to make a cheap h6 tv box into a blob free system
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    TRS-80 reacted to piter75 in Free and Libre Open Source SBC List Thread   
    I might have been a little bit too braggy (and tired)  last night.
    SPI boot for ROCK Pi 4 still uses a single blob file
     
    The other part of the message is correct however - it takes a simple change to the configuration file to enable both blobless boot for both SD/eMMC and SPI and I run my ROCK Pi 4B this way.
     
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    TRS-80 reacted to Werner in Apache/Nextcloud issue   
    I split the topic at this point because its getting offtopic and has most likely nothing more to do with the Helios64.
     
    You may want to ask at nextcloud forums/irc/whatever but they probably will tell you the same: check your logs and if there is nothing enable debug modes where available
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    TRS-80 got a reaction from flower in Booting Windows Linux ESXi etc. with UEFI on rk3399   
    Windows / Microsoft tried hard to kill GNU/Linux and F/LOSS for many years.  They don't deserve any Nice Things, IMO.  Let them die off already.
     
    And ESXi is proprietary software.  Which also does not therefore deserve any community support, IMO.