I wonder if it would work if you used a Mini DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI adapter, then converted that back to Mini DisplayPort.
Maybe that would break the PCI Express portion of the connection and it would operate as if it were only DisplayPort instead of Thunderbolt. Actually a plain Mini DisplayPort cable might do that too. I'm assuming the display is requesting a data connection for the USB and Ethernet ports which causes the kernel to freak out. If you don't need those you might be able to get just a video signal.
I don't think the thunderbolt port is a mini-display port.
It is just that, a Thunderbolt port (That carries a "displayport" signal, amongst other things).
It actually is a mini displayport.
"Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into a serial data interface... Existing Mini DisplayPort adapters for DVI, dual-link DVI, HDMI, and VGA are compatible with Thunderbolt, allowing backwards compatibility and no loss of functionality compared to Mini DisplayPort."
The shape of the port is the same as Mini DisplayPort. I have a Mini DP to DVI adapter that I use on my Macbook Air's Thunderbolt port.
What's the point of this monitor when the U2711 exists?
This one doubles as a halfway decent dock for a Thunderbolt-equipped laptop, without needing extra desk space, a bunch of cables/dongles or a proprietary docking connector (inasmuch as Thunderbolt can realistically be said to be non-proprietary right now, which is a debatable point).
1- "hey yo foxconn/xxxx what's the best shit you have that dell/hp/xxx is buying?"
2- haggle prices like a jew on steroids, drive chinese workers to suicide
3- encase whatever you buy in shiny aluminium/white plastic. Don't forget the logo (most important)
4- sell it to retards for a 500% profit margin
5- repeat it at least once every 12 months (previous version of products are to be trashed and not supported)
it works for software too:
- steal your operating system from nerds
- encase it in shiny graphics
- sell it to retards (also don't forget to introduce code in the system and in every update to fuck up whoever installs this in something that hasn't got our logo even tho is 100% the same shit as ours)