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 – Possible Clues to Failure?

OPINION/SPECULATION: After more tests, I am still encountering the odd behaviour of VMware (14.1.2 with vmmon patch) and Kernel 4.18-rc1, but did notice one possible clue.. Looking at the # systemctl status vmware.service output, it includes the following: Jun 18 … 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 – 4.17 Released – OK with Latest VMware and NVIDIA..

Kernel 4.17 is out, and details of changes from -rc7 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.0/01332.html No real surprises, so far, and it is OK with VMware 14.1.2, and NVIDIA 396.24. Apparently the major version bump to Linux 5.0 might occur at around … Continue reading

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

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

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