Just installed Kernel 3.17-rc1, and the latest VMware (10.0.3) and NVIDIA (340.32) drivers compile and load OK… I had previously had trouble with VMware and NVIDIA’s ‘beta’ driver 343.13, so did not test this version again..
$ uname -a Linux rglinux-i7 3.17.0-rc1 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Aug 16 13:56:55 PDT 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Brief details of -rc1 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1408.2/00077.html
Robert Gadsdon. August 16, 2014.