I am currently running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (I’m the other person on the planet who likes Unity), and just upgraded the kernel over the weekend. The upgrade was from v4.10 to 4.13. As suspected, this broke my VMWare Workstation 12.5.7 installation (it is only good up to kernel v4.12), and I ended up regressing the kernel back to 4.10 (my VMs are critical) via grub2. My only concern with this is whether the other updates that came at the same time were dependent on v4.13, and if the regression broke them. In any case, I was reading up on the new kernel releases over the week in response to Meltdown/Spectre, and the kernel versions mentioned are 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. So, why am I at v4.10 (or even 4.13)...?!? Am I confusing the version numbers?
I sent the following to VMWare Support:
I am currently using Workstation 12.5.7, which is currently broken under kernel versions >= 4.13. From a security perspective, the inability to upgrade kernels makes me extremely nervous (I am currently sitting at v4.10). I understand that general support for this flavor of Workstation ends next month, so I was hoping for a timeline that this security vulnerability is hopefully being addressed. I am not in the position to upgrade to version 14 at the current time, both from a financial and temporal standpoint. Please advise as to my options, and thank you for your time.