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

NVIDIA – New Driver – Same Problems..

NVIDIA have just released a new driver version – 384.90 – and brief details are here:  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/123918/en-us This version appears to be runtime bug-fixes only, and still fails to compile with Kernel 4.1.-rc1 without the patch mentioned in a previous … Continue reading

ARM64 – 4.14-rc1 Problems..?

Kernel 4.14-rc1 has been stable on the x86_64 test system, but when I tried updating the Odroid C2 (ARM64) I saw a lot of mmc and other errors reported.. ………. [ OK ] Started File System Check on Root Device. … Continue reading

NVIDIA – More Details on Kernel 4.14-rc1 Problems..

I have found more comprehensive info on the problems with NVIDIA driver 384.69 and Kernel 4.14-rc1 – here:  http://mom.hlmjr.com/2017/09/09/driver-wars-nvidia-drivers-384-69-vs-kernel-4-13/ The code changes needed are clearly set out, but there is no ‘legal’ solution yet, due to the unresolved GPL licence … 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

Kernel – 4.14 – No More Firmware in Tree

Kernel 4.14-rc1 will soon be out, and one change is the removal of the ‘firmware’ portion of the kernel tree..   # make firmware_install will no longer work. Apparently, this in-kernel-tree firmware has not been updated since 2013 (!) and all … Continue reading

Intel – Fix for Atom MMC/GPT warning..

I had been getting a warning on boot with recent kernels on my Intel Atom-based UP system, and found a workaround..    The error flagged is – apparently – harmless, and is due to systemd not being able to recognise some … 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