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Ubuntu 15.10 Kernel Regression That Broke Graphics Displays In VMWare Patched 76

prisoninmate writes: On Monday, February 22, 2016, Softpedia reported on the availability of new kernel updates for several of Canonical's supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 15.10, for which five kernel vulnerabilities have been patched at that point in time. And from the looks of it, the respective kernel updates introduced a regression, which Canonical patched four days later, on February 26, 2016, saying that the issue was introduced along with the fixed vulnerabilities for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) and it broke graphics displays for those running the OS in VMWare VMs.
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Ubuntu 15.10 Kernel Regression That Broke Graphics Displays In VMWare Patched

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    And the thousand eyes didn't see this one? What's their excuse for the lack of proper QA this time?

  • by theapeman ( 1068448 ) on Saturday February 27, 2016 @12:27PM (#51598611)
    I found that 14.04 LTS would not run with the latest kernel under vmware But it has been updated and now does run (3.19.0-51)
  • Although I do see a post further down stating the same issue in 14.04, I have long since learned the hard way to stick with LTS releases, whether derivatives or Ubuntu proper (derivatives seem the worst in the case). When 15.10 came out, I installed it on a few machines. I am not go to cite specific problems so take this as an anecdotal if you must, but those systems were quickly converted to 14.04. Recently, and against my better judgement, I decided to install the 15.10 release of Ubuntu Studio. I have ne
  • it broke graphics displays for those running the OS in VMWare VMs.

    I used to run Ubuntu for a home file server on a desktop PC with a Nvidia Geforce 4200 AGP video card. Every time the Nvidia driver got updated, it hosed the system and wouldn't boot. Every two to three months this would happen. I switched to FreeNAS in 2010 and haven't looked at Ubuntu since then.

    • by nnull ( 1148259 )
      Your problem is running a home file server with nvidia drivers. Nvidia issues have been well know for hosing systems during upgrades. Ubuntu used to handle these upgrade quirks with Nvidia pretty damn well compared to other distros, considering...

      And if it's a server, why do you need the nvidia display driver? It's not like you're running 3d programs on it.
      • by creimer ( 824291 )

        And if it's a server, why do you need the nvidia display driver?

        The only old AGP video cards that I had at the time were Nvidia video cards. I no longer had any of my old PCI cards from the late 1990's. When I switched to FreeNAS in 2010, I didn't have to worry about the video card driver hosing the system.

  • I am surprised to see this on Slashdot, but this bit me. VM under VMWare fusion would not boot so I spent about 15 minutes on it and eventually booted under a previous kernel.

    Normally, I do not reboot my Linux machines after every kernel update, but this was my desktop and I just want to get rid of the reboot notifications.

  • by Danborg ( 62420 ) on Saturday February 27, 2016 @06:20PM (#51600531)

    It's VMware, not VMWare. #pet #peeve

  • Did a security update over this weekend, as I always do when available. The update resulted in a reboot so there must have been a kernel update. Hosed my system big time, couldn't even get to the login page. Instead was getting "EQ Overflowing" errors in low graphics mode. Had to rebuild my Optimus laptop in my spare partition to recover. Running Optimus has been dicey at best since owning it.

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