VMware – 12.5.6 Released – OK with Kernel 4.11, Still Not with 4.12

VMware version 12.5.6 is out, and (brief) details are here: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/workstation/12/workstation-1256-release-notes.html In the release notes, it would be helpful if a bit more detail than just ” Bug fixes and security updates ” were given… This version now works OK … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.11.1 released – NVIDIA OK Now..

Kernel 4.11.1 has been released, and the changelog is here:  https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.11.1 This does include the licence ‘revert’ for refcount.c, and so the latest NVIDIA drivers now compile/load OK.. ………………………. Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 modules CC /home/rgadsdon/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-381.22/kernel/nvidia-drm.mod.o LD [M] … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.12-rc1 Released – NVIDIA OK, VMware Not..

Kernel 4.12-rc1 is out – one day early – and brief details are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1705.1/03964.html The release includes the reverted GPL/MIT licence changes in refcount.c, and the latest NVIDIA drivers compile/load OK, now: ……………………… Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 … Continue reading

NVIDIA – Another New Driver – 4.11 Fix Still Needed – May be ‘Fixed’ in Kernel, Soon..

New NVIDIA driver 381.22 has been released, and details are here:  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/118524/en-us The 4.11 ‘workaround’ still applies (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=1970 ). It seems now that the reason the fix was – still – not made by NVIDIA, is that the problem … Continue reading

NVIDIA – New Driver With 4.11 Workaround, Not a Fix…

NVIDIA have released driver 375.66, and the details are here:  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/118290/en-us The details include the following: “Installation of the nvidia-drm kernel module is now optional. The new ‘- -no-drm’ option can be used to prevent nvidia-installer from building and installing … Continue reading

Hardware – Inexpensive Small Linux Laptop..

After some research, I decided to use an Intel-powered ex-Chromebook for my portable Linux project..    I settled on an Acer Chromebook c720p, as this could be ‘converted’ to run Linux natively, rather than in emulation via Crouton..    There are several … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.11 released, Patched VMware OK, NVIDIA Still Not OK..

Kernel 4.11 Final is out, a week later than planned, and brief details of changes from -rc8 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1704.3/04608.html As expected, VMware 12.5.5 with the 4.11 patches is still OK (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=1932 ), but there is still no ‘legal’ … Continue reading

NVIDIA – Still no 4.11 Solution, but a ‘Good’ Patch for Old Version..

Kernel 4.11 ‘final’ has been delayed for a week, and -rc8 has been released..     4.11-patched VMware 12.5.5 is OK, but there is still only a ‘Bad’ (illegal licence modification) patch for the latest NVIDIA driver..   (see https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1002820/linux/-patch-381-09-kernel-4-11-rc5/ ) But, if … Continue reading

NVIDIA – New Driver, Finally OK with Kernel 4.10..

NVIDIA have released a new ‘beta’ driver – 381.09 – and release notes etc. are here: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/117002/en-us The driver compiles OK with Kernel 4.10 (tested with 4.10.8) but still requires an ‘illegal’ patch for 4.11, due to ongoing code licensing … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.11-rc1 and BTRFS – a Warning..?

I encountered a catastrophic problem with btrfs formatted system disk partition corruption, shortly after updating a test system to Kernel 4.11-rc1. To put this in context, this may be an isolated incident, and I have not seen problems – so … Continue reading