Kernel – 4.17-rc1 Out – OK with Latest NVIDIA and VMware..

Kernel 4.17-rc1 has been released, and brief details are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1804.1/06654.html With the latest code-on-git milestone reached, there is speculation that a version bump to 5.x might be a possibility – but not just yet! The latest NVIDIA driver (396.18) … Continue reading

Kernel – Interim Changes for 4.17 – OK So Far..

Testing the changes submitted to date for Kernel 4.17-rc1, which is – of course – not due out just yet..   Kernel version obtained from https://github.com/torvalds/linux today – April 8. Latest VMware – 14.1.1 – vmnet/vmmon compile OK, and so does … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.16-rc3 Released, and Still no NVIDIA Fix?

Kernel 4.16-rc3 is out, and brief details of post-rc2 changes are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1802.3/00500.html I still cannot find any solution proposed for the ‘Unknown symbol swiotlb_map_sg_attrs‘ error with the latest NVIDIA drivers, despite posting brief details on the Developers Forum over … 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

IA64 – The Gentoo saga.. Kernel 4.15-rc9

After a lot of patience(!) I now have a much-hacked version of Gentoo running on the HP RX2600, and have just updated the kernel to 4.15-rc9: ……………… [ OK ] Reached target Multi-User System. [ OK ] Reached target Graphical … Continue reading

VMware – 14.1.1 released – OK with Kernel 4.15..

As expected, there is a new release of VMware – 14.1.1 – and brief details are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14/rn/workstation-1411-release-notes.html This version compiles and loads OK with the latest 4.15-rc kernel – tested with 4.15-rc7, and no longer needs the vmmon series … Continue reading

NVIDIA – Two New Drivers, OK with 4.14.12-rc1 and 4.15-rc6..

Thanks to zezaocapoeia, for spotting the newly released NVIDIA Beta driver 390.12 ( see http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/128743/en-us )    There is also a new version of the ‘long lived branch’ series – 384.111. I have tested these with Kernel 4.14.12-rc1 and 4.15-rc6, and … Continue reading

Kernel – Urgent Changes in Latest Versions, to Fix Intel CPU Security..

Apparently, there has been a major security defect discovered in Intel CPUs, and full details have been embargoed until early-January, but there is a comprehensive article in The Register, here:  https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/ The Linux Kernel devs have been working to provide … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14.11-rc1 Still breaks NVIDIA, and Won’t be Fixed?

Just tried the ‘stable-review’ patch for the ‘stable’ Kernel – 4.14.11-rc1, and the same NVIDIA problem is there, and it seems the kernel devs won’t do anything: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1712.3/02608.html So – it seems the patch is now a permanent requirement for … 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