IA64 – Updated to 4.16-rc3..

Just updated the HP RX2600 to Kernel 4.16-rc3, and apart from an odd quirk at compile time, all went OK.. ………….. Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 98 modules GZIP arch/ia64/hp/sim/boot/vmlinux.gz File “./arch/ia64/scripts/unwcheck.py”, line 19 print “Usage: %s FILE” % sys.argv[0] … Continue reading

Kernel – GCC and ‘Retpoline’..

The recent summary of Kernel 4.15 mentioned the test for ‘compliant’ versions of GCC which fully support the retpoline mitigation, but only gave an example of non-compliance: With GCC 7.2: ~]$ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/spectre_v2  Vulnerable: Minimal generic ASM retpoline I re-created … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.11 ‘Final’ Breaks NVIDIA 384.98 and 387.34 – GPL Error..

I had previously tested Kernel 4.14.11-rc1 with the 4.14.9+-patched NVIDIA driver 384.98, and that was OK: ………………….. ld -r -o /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset/nv-modeset-interface.o /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset/nvidia-modeset-linux.o Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 modules CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-drm.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-drm.ko CC /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset.mod.o LD [M] /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98-41410/kernel/nvidia-modeset.ko CC … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.9 NVIDIA Saga – Simple Patch, or Wait for 4.14.10..?

More on the Kernel 4.14.9 NVIDIA breakage..     Basically, code that should have only gone into 4.15-rc found its way into 4.14.9 – which is why the existing 4.15 NVIDIA patch fixed it..     Thanks to dinosaur_ on the NVIDIA forum, there … Continue reading

KERNEL – 4.14.9 Breaks NVIDIA – and a Fix..

Just updated to Kernel 4.14.9, and normally this should not be anything to cause concern, but this time there has been a significant code change made, that has broken NVIDIA (384.98): ………………… /home/rgadsdon/kernel/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-384.98/kernel/nvidia-uvm/uvm8_va_block.c: In function ‘block_cpu_fault_locked’: /usr/src/linux-4.14.9/arch/x86/include/asm/processor.h:826:39: error: implicit declaration … 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

ARM64 – Fedora 27, UEFI and Pi3..

I decided – after some time – to do some more with the Raspberry Pi 3, and set it up as a small network print server.. As there was now an ‘official’ version of Fedora 27 for the Pi3, I … 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

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-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