Kernel – 4.14-rc8 Released, After All..

Kernel 4.14-rc8 is out, and brief details of changes since -rc7 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1711.0/03395.html This might have been 4.14 ‘final’ but there were still too many changes to warrant that..    Th 4.14 ‘final’ release may be slightly delayed, as it … Continue reading

VMware – Potential Fix for W/S 14 Performance/Memory Issues..

I had found that although VMware 14.0.0 installed OK with Kernel 4.13, the runtime performance was rather ‘sluggish’, and others have reported more serious memory issues… There is a patch that may help with this – and thanks to Roke … Continue reading

VMware – 14.0.0 ‘Fail to open Executable’ – More Info..

When running VMware 14 (14.0.0) from the command line, I noticed the following message: $ vmware Fail to open executable: No such file or directory Further research suggested that this ‘missing’ item was in fact /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmware-unity-helper.so/libvmware-unity-helper.so, which is indeed not … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14-rc3 Released – OK with Patched VMware, Still has NVIDIA/AMD/GPL Problem..

Kernel 4.13-rc3 is out, and brief details of changes from -rc2 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1710.0/00180.html VMware 14.0.0 – with the vmmon patch – still loads/runs OK(*), and NVIDIA is OK on Intel systems, but if the new AMD ‘Secure Memory Encryption‘ … Continue reading

VMware – Workstation 14 released – with a Gotcha..

VMware Workstation Pro 14.0.0 has been released – a bit earlier than expected – and it has a (potentially) nasty surprise for those with ‘older’ CPUs..   Release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14.0.0/rn/workstation-14-release-notes.html I installed this on my test system without any … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14-rc2 Released – Includes NVIDIA/GPL Fix..

Kernel 4.14-rc2 is out, and brief details of changes since -rc1 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1709.3/00498.html This includes: John Hubbard (1): ACPI / bus: Make ACPI_HANDLE() work for non-GPL code again – which fixes the GPL problem for NVIDIA drivers, so that … Continue reading

VMware – Fix for Kernel 4.14-rc1..

Thanks to Niol for reporting this – and thanks to mkubecek for the patch itself – there is a fix for vmmon with Kernel 4.1.-rc1.   Details are here:   https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/commit/770c7ffe611520ac96490d235399554c64e87d9f I have created this patch, and applied it to vmmon (hostif.c), … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14-rc1 Released – Breaks VMware and NVIDIA.. GPL Errors Again..

Kernel 4.14-rc1 has been released – a day early – and brief details are here:   http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1709.2/00177.html Tested with the latest NVIDIA (384.69) and VMware (12.5.7 with 4.13-patched vmnet): NVIDIA compile failed, in several places: ….. CC [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.69/kernel/nvidia-drm/nvidia-drm-crtc.o /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.69/kernel/nvidia-drm/nvidia-drm-crtc.c:173:6: error: … Continue reading

VMware – Still waiting for 12.5.8…

Apparently there is ‘no information’ on the possible availability of an update to the 12.5.x version of VMware, to fix the well-known problems with GCC 7 etc… If you were thinking of trying the ‘technology preview’ version – which came … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.13 Final Released – Still OK with latest NVIDIA, and Patched VMware..

Kernel 4.13 has been released, and is OK with the latest NVIDIA drivers (tested with 384.69) and VMware 12.5.7 (with the vmnet patch – see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2012 ) Brief details of changes since -rc7 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1709.0/01021.html The VMware workarounds for … Continue reading