Kernel 4.11 Final is out, a week later than planned, and brief details of changes from -rc8 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1704.3/04608.html
As expected, VMware 12.5.5 with the 4.11 patches is still OK (see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=1932 ), but there is still no ‘legal’ solution for the latest NVIDIA driver – 381.09 (see https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1002820/linux/-patch-381-09-kernel-4-11-rc5/ ):
................. Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 4 modules FATAL: modpost: GPL-incompatible module nvidia-drm.ko uses GPL-only symbol 'refcount_inc' /usr/src/linux-4.11/scripts/Makefile.modpost:91: recipe for target '__modpost' failed make: *** [__modpost] Error 1 /usr/src/linux-4.11/Makefile:1495: recipe for target 'modules' failed .........................
See previous article for more background on this: http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=1935
The NVIDIA ftp site has been down for the last 48 hours or so, and I cannot find any mention of any more recent driver version, so far..
If this goes on much longer, I may be tempted to try nouveau on my main system again..
Robert Gadsdon. April 30, 2017.