Phoronix: Thunderbolt Support Still Has Problems On Linux
While there were some initial problems with Thunderbolt support on Linux, most of the early problems with the new technology have been worked out with recent kernel updates. Unfortunately, some problems remain with this high-speed I/O interface...
Fortunately for now the utility of Thunderbolt remains a bit suspect, especially considering the cost angle.
I was hoping it would provide a cheap alternative to 10 GbE but it doesn't seem there are any networking capabilities forthcoming. Most of the TB products as of now aren't particularly interesting -- at least to me, but I think that applies to the market overall.
Many laptops run their 802.11n wireless through a mini PCI-E card, which can be replaced by the user. Just need a screwdriver and a few seconds.
Originally Posted by johnc
Generally, if there is physical access to a system, there is no security.
Agreed. I can't count the number of times someone came to me and said they forgot their password, or that windows wouldn't boot anymore... so I pulled the drive, put it in a USB case, and did whatever was needed to fix their problem.
At least some systems allow full-disk encryption which requires a password to boot. It doesn't prevent tomfoolery through hardware key loggers, but at least someone who just finds your laptop on a park bench won't be able to get at all your files.