Kernel – 4.15-rc7 Released – And there will be an -rc8..

Kernel 4.15-rc7 is out, and (brief) details of changes since -rc6 are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1801.0/04858.html.    The preamble is worth a read, as it pays tribute to the work done on the x86 PTI fixes.. Vmmon-patched VMware 14.1.0 is OK (see: https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/tree/workstation-14.1.0 … Continue reading

Kernel – Urgent Changes in Latest Versions, to Fix Intel CPU Security..

Apparently, there has been a major security defect discovered in Intel CPUs, and full details have been embargoed until early-January, but there is a comprehensive article in The Register, here:  https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/ The Linux Kernel devs have been working to provide … Continue reading

VMware – 14.1.0 released – OK with Kernel 4.14, Still Broken with 4.15, and a Nasty Hack to Fix..

Just updated to VMware Workstation 14.1.0, and release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14.0.0/rn/workstation-141-release-notes.html This now works OK with Kernel 4.14 (tested with 4.14.8) but vmmon is still broken with Kernel 4.15 (tested with 4.15-rc4): ……………. /tmp/modconfig-04hK9s/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c: In function ‘HostIF_InitUptime’: /tmp/modconfig-04hK9s/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c:1770:4: error: … Continue reading

VMware – Fix for Kernel 4.15-rc1..

Thanks – again – to mkubecek, there is now a fix for VMware 14.0.0 and Kernel 4.15 – and details are here:   https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/commit/562121d7bc06 The fix involves changes to vmmon-only/linux/driver.c and vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c, and a new file: vmmon-only/include/compat_timer.h .    I have … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.15-rc1 is Out – Breaks VMware and NVIDIA…

Kernel 4.15-rc1 has been released, and brief details are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1711.3/00971.html With VMware 14.0.0 – plus the 4.14 vmmon patch – vmmon breaks again: ……………………… /tmp/modconfig-hOVOTM/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c: In function ‘LinuxDriverInitTSCkHz’: /tmp/modconfig-hOVOTM/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:254:22: error: assignment from incompatible pointer type [-Werror=incompatible-pointer-types] tscTimer.function = LinuxDriverEstimateTSCkHzDeferred; … Continue reading

VMware – 12.5.8 Released – Still Incompatible..

There has been a new release of Workstation 12.5 – 12.5.8 – and the – rather vague – release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/12.0/rn/workstation-1258-release-notes.html I tested this with a ‘clean’ install on my cash-and-burn system, and basically, it suffers from the … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14 Released – OK with Latest NVIDIA and – Patched – VMware

Kernel 4.14 is now out, and brief details – including updates from -rc8 – are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1711.1/03305.html As expected, the latest NVIDIA drivers (384.98 and 387.22) are OK with this release, and VMware 14.0.0 – with the vmmon patch ( … Continue reading

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