VMware – 14.1.2 Released – Fixes Annoying Bug..

VMware 14.1.2 has been released, and details are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14/rn/workstation-1412-release-notes.html This version fixes the annoying ‘window resizing’ bug, which caused the guest to suddenly flip from fullscreen to windowed, and then attempted to resize the window. As with 14.1.1, this … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.17-rc6 Out – Includes GCC8 Compile Fixes..

Kernel 4.17-rc6 has been released, and details of changes since -rc5 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1805.2/03965.html This version is still OK with the latest VMware (14.1.1) and NVIDIA (396.24) drivers, but also includes fixes for repeated GCC8 / objtool warnings at compile … Continue reading

Kernel – GCC8 / ‘Objtool Warnings’ Patches..

There are now patches available to deal with the host of ‘objtool‘ warnings when compiling the kernel with GCC8: …………………………….. drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbmem.o: warning: objtool: fb_set_var()+0x209: sibling call from callable instruction with modified stack frame drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbmem.o: warning: objtool: do_remove_conflicting_framebuffers()+0xa6: sibling call from … Continue reading

GCC – Update to 8.1.1 – Still Gives Kernel Compile Warnings..

Fedora 28 has GCC 8.1.1 available (currently in ‘updates-testing‘ repo), and I tested this with Kernel 4.17-rc4, to see if there was any improvement in the horde of warnings generated with 8.0.1. In short, there is no real difference: ……………………………… … Continue reading

Fedora – F28 GCC 8 Now OK with Kernel 4.16.7, and fix for Grub-Customizer..

Tried Kernel 4.16.7 on Fedora 28 (GCC 8.0.1), and this now compiles successfully, although still with a lot of ‘warnings’.. I use grub-customizer with each new kernel, and the F28 version of this fails: # grub-customizer Error creating proxy: The … Continue reading

Fedora – 28 Released, but Fails with GCC 8 and Kernel 4.16…

Fedora 28 has been released, but this includes GCC 8 (8.0.1) which – currently – is not capable of compiling Kernel 4.16 as-is (tested with 4.16.6): ……………………………. CC /usr/src/linux-4.16.6/tools/objtool/objtool.o CC /usr/src/linux-4.16.6/tools/objtool/libstring.o CC /usr/src/linux-4.16.6/tools/objtool/str_error_r.o ../lib/str_error_r.c: In function ‘str_error_r’: ../lib/str_error_r.c:25:3: error: passing … Continue reading

VMware – Patch, If You Need Better ‘Meltdown/Spectre’ Protection..

Thanks – again – to Michal Kubeček, who  has pointed out that there is still a vulnerability in some VMware (vmmon) code, that is not mitigated by Kernel/Compiler retpoline fixes, as it is written in assembler..   ( See comment on … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.17-rc3 Released – Still OK with Latest NVIDIA and VMware..

Kernel 4.17-rc3 is out, and brief details of changes from -rc2 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1804.3/05507.html Tested with NVIDIA 396.18 and VMware 14.1.1 (vmmon and vmnet), and all still compile OK.. Robert Gadsdon.   April 29, 2018. … Continue reading

IA64 – Updated to 4.17-rc1..

Updated the IA64 system (HP RX2600) to 4.17-rc1, and the compile and install/boot was without incident..    The python-related warning with 4.16 was no longer present.. (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2222 ). …………… [ OK ] Started Getty on tty1. [ OK ] Reached … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.17-rc1 Out – OK with Latest NVIDIA and VMware..

Kernel 4.17-rc1 has been released, and brief details are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1804.1/06654.html With the latest code-on-git milestone reached, there is speculation that a version bump to 5.x might be a possibility – but not just yet! The latest NVIDIA driver (396.18) … Continue reading