Windows compatibility broken in Linux kernel (fixed)

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I’m running Ubuntu Linux and today I found that Steam did not work anymore (nor did some other Windows applications). Steam could not find my games and the store was not working. I remember installing some security updates. It turns out that Wine crashes on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the latest kernel update (3.13.0.59). There are several workarounds:

  1. Run “wineserver -p” in the terminal before starting Windows applications (like “steam”).
  2. Revert the kernel update with “sudo apt-get remove linux-image-3.13.0-59-generic” and “sudo update-grub”.
  3. Upgrade the kernel with “sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-vivid”.

Bug reports on the web

There are multiple places where people are discussing this bug:

I hope this helps you all… Happy gaming on Linux!

Update: A new kernel has been released, which fixes the problem: linux-image-3.13.0-61-generic (automatically installed)

 

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2 thoughts on “Windows compatibility broken in Linux kernel (fixed)”

  1. That is a really old kernel, this issue doesn’t happen with the latest ones.
    Why should you run a kernel older than 20 months on a gaming machine?
    Cheers

  2. @Pedro: True, point taken. But I guess I was not the only one, as Ubuntu 14.04 is the latest LTS release with official Steam support. This recent 3.13.0.59 kernel update was a security fix that got automatically installed on that platform.

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