Since the release of Kernel 5.8-rc1, any attempt I made to run a VMware client on that host system has failed catastrophically. ( see http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=2753 ) and the problem still persists, with 5.8-rc6.
I had posted brief details of the issue on the VMware forum some weeks ago, but there has been no useful response. https://communities.vmware.com/thread/638457
I have recently looked at the issue with other VM technologies, and found some rather alarming comments on the VirtualBox defect tracking site: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/19644
It is not encouraging, when their only solution seems to be to actually patch the Linux Kernel… One of the comments states”…From what I see, the kernel developers have effectively blocked all access to allocation of executable memory other than through the KVM mechanism. ”
So… It appears that the current situation, is that both VMware and VirtualBox hosts are incompatible with Kernel 5.8….?
I am now reading up on KVM etc, just in case…!
Robert Gadsdon. July 19th 2020.