Kernel – 4.18-rc6 – OK with Latest NVIDIA, and Patched VMware..

Kernel 4.18-rc6 has been released, and details of changes since -rc5 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1807.2/06572.html The latest NVIDIA drivers ( 390.77 and 396.45 ) compile/load OK, as does vmmon-patched VMware 14.1.2 (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2322 ). Robert Gadsdon.  July 22. 2018. … Continue reading

Fedora – Fix For Annoying F27 KDE/Dolphin QT Bug..

The latest version of QT5 on Fedora 27 – qt5-qtbase-5.9.6-1.fc27.x86_64 – produces a very annoying display problem in KDE’s Dolphin file manager, where the window does not resize/reformat correctly, leaving large blank areas at each side: This has been identified … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.18-rc2 is Out – Includes fix for VMware Runtime, OK with Latest Patched VMware and NVIDIA.

Kernel 4.18-rc2 has been released, and brief details of changes from -rc1 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.3/00112.html This includes the cmdline fix, which enables the VMware runtimes to execute correctly.   The VMware 14.1.2 vmmon patch is still required (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2322 ) NVIDIA … Continue reading

VMware – New Version of 4.18-rc1 ‘cmdline’ Patch..

As expected, there is another version of the cmdline patch for Kernel 4.18-rc1 – this time from Linus himself.. at  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.2/03011.html I have applied this, and – as with the previous version –  VMware now behaves correctly.. I should mention … Continue reading

VMware – Problem with Kernel 4.18-rc1 Found, and a Patch..

Thanks to Michal Kubeček, the source of the VMware problem with Kernel 4.18-rc1 has been found, and a Kernel patch produced:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.2/02730.html I have applied this, and can confirm that VMware (14.1.2 patched) now operates correctly.. The kernel patch now … Continue reading

VMware – Odd Behaviour with Kernel 4.18-rc1, and a Workaround?

VMware 14.1.2 worked OK with Kernel 4.17, on my Fedora 28 test system, but after updating to 4.18-rc1 the following occurred: Modules (vmmon/vmnet) compiled OK, but – after further testing – appeared to have a runtime problem..    I applied the … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.18-rc1 released – Breaks NVIDIA, Fix Available.. Not OK with VMware

Kernel 4.18-rc1 has been released – earlier than expected, but Linus is in Japan, where it was already Sunday.. Brief details are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.2/00125.html Tested with VMware 14.1.2, and vmmon/vmnet compile OK, but NVIDIA fails: …………………………. CC [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.67/kernel/nvidia-drm/nvidia-drm-drv.o In … 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

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 – 4.16 Released – OK with Latest VMware, and (patched) NVIDIA..

Kernel version 4.16 is out, and brief details of changes since -rc7 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1804.0/00174.html $ uname -a Linux rglx 4.16.0 #1 SMP Sun Apr 1 15:20:00 PDT 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux This release is OK with VMware 14.1.1, … Continue reading