Kernel 5.4-rc2 has been released, and brief details are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1910.0/07213.html
The odd behaviour of VMware and NVIDIA compiles still occurs, but there are patches submitted (see comments under -rc1 article http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2614 for more details). So far, I have not seen a fix for the NVIDIA compile failure.
Robert Gadsdon. October 7th 2019.