VMware – New Version of 4.18-rc1 ‘cmdline’ Patch..

As expected, there is another version of the cmdline patch for Kernel 4.18-rc1 – this time from Linus himself.. at  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.2/03011.html I have applied this, and – as with the previous version –  VMware now behaves correctly.. I should mention … Continue reading

VMware – Problem with Kernel 4.18-rc1 Found, and a Patch..

Thanks to Michal Kubeček, the source of the VMware problem with Kernel 4.18-rc1 has been found, and a Kernel patch produced:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.2/02730.html I have applied this, and can confirm that VMware (14.1.2 patched) now operates correctly.. The kernel patch now … Continue reading

VMware – Possible Clues to Failure?

OPINION/SPECULATION: After more tests, I am still encountering the odd behaviour of VMware (14.1.2 with vmmon patch) and Kernel 4.18-rc1, but did notice one possible clue.. Looking at the # systemctl status vmware.service output, it includes the following: Jun 18 … Continue reading

VMware – 14.1.2 Released – Fixes Annoying Bug..

VMware 14.1.2 has been released, and details are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/14/rn/workstation-1412-release-notes.html This version fixes the annoying ‘window resizing’ bug, which caused the guest to suddenly flip from fullscreen to windowed, and then attempted to resize the window. As with 14.1.1, this … Continue reading

VMware – Patch, If You Need Better ‘Meltdown/Spectre’ Protection..

Thanks – again – to Michal Kubeček, who  has pointed out that there is still a vulnerability in some VMware (vmmon) code, that is not mitigated by Kernel/Compiler retpoline fixes, as it is written in assembler..   ( See comment on … Continue reading

VMware – 12.5.8 Released – Still Incompatible..

There has been a new release of Workstation 12.5 – 12.5.8 – and the – rather vague – release notes are here:  https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Pro/12.0/rn/workstation-1258-release-notes.html I tested this with a ‘clean’ install on my cash-and-burn system, and basically, it suffers from the … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14 Released – OK with Latest NVIDIA and – Patched – VMware

Kernel 4.14 is now out, and brief details – including updates from -rc8 – are here:  http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1711.1/03305.html As expected, the latest NVIDIA drivers (384.98 and 387.22) are OK with this release, and VMware 14.0.0 – with the vmmon patch ( … Continue reading

Kernel – 4.14-rc8 Released, After All..

Kernel 4.14-rc8 is out, and brief details of changes since -rc7 are here: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1711.0/03395.html This might have been 4.14 ‘final’ but there were still too many changes to warrant that..    Th 4.14 ‘final’ release may be slightly delayed, as it … 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

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