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    Default Thunderbolt Still Has Problems For Linux

    Phoronix: Thunderbolt Still Has Problems For Linux

    While the popularity and future of the Apple/Intel Thunderbolt interface can be debated, the current state of Thunderbolt on Linux still leaves a fair amount to be desired. While on the state of Linux hardware support, the Google Chromebook Pixel does work with modern Linux distributions, but not all support has been perfected...

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    Apple doesn't design their hardware/software with anyone else in mind. Apple makes their hardware so it works with their software and vice-versa. I don't think it's a hit against Apple that their version of Thunderbolt doesn't work with Linux. Thunderbolt though will still be popular until something faster is made, but now that Thunderbolt 2 is coming out with the new Mac Pro; I highly doubt there will be anything faster for quite some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caryhartline View Post
    Apple doesn't design their hardware/software with anyone else in mind. Apple makes their hardware so it works with their software and vice-versa. I don't think it's a hit against Apple that their version of Thunderbolt doesn't work with Linux. Thunderbolt though will still be popular until something faster is made, but now that Thunderbolt 2 is coming out with the new Mac Pro; I highly doubt there will be anything faster for quite some time.
    Its not only Apple. NO manufacturer gives a fuck about linux (even the oh so linux friendly Intel). If your problem can be solved in kernel level you might get a solution. If you depend on the mfg to get it fixed you are fucked.

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    It seems retarded to me. The only one going to release thunderbolt peripherals is apple. Basically they created a peripheral port for themselves. If apple were smaller I'd consider it financially suicidal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duby229 View Post
    It seems retarded to me. The only one going to release thunderbolt peripherals is apple. Basically they created a peripheral port for themselves. If apple were smaller I'd consider it financially suicidal.
    Thunderbolt was actually created by Intel. Apple is just the only one using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty3268 View Post
    Thunderbolt was actually created by Intel. Apple is just the only one using it.
    Intel + Apple made it, Apple is the only one using it.

    But moving on...

    Disclaimer / Notice: I work in a computer repair shop, dealing with "average users" everyday...I do feel this has qualified me to speak on their behalf...

    Firewire and Thunderbolt hit the same problem, they're new and different. The people who understood them enough to WANT them and were informed enough to know what they were, are also informed and understand enough to not buy Apple's marketing and therefore apple products. The average user has a hard enough time understanding USB so therefore even the "average" users who DID buy apple products and who HAVE thunderbolt ports available to them, they probably just chalk it up as "Another port on my computer" and dont care and/or stick to USB.

    The people who are gonna USE thunderbolt are the same people who used Firewire...

    Technologically informed computer users who buy into Apple's marketing / hate Windows... Or in other words: Audio/Video guys. Thunderbolt will remain THEIR niche the same way Firewire did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caryhartline View Post
    I don't think it's a hit against Apple that their version of Thunderbolt doesn't work with Linux.
    It's not that it doesn't work with Linux - it's that it doesn't do so because it fails to conform to the spec. The spec says that Thunderbolt should be implemented at the BIOS level, and no OS support is required. Apple have apparently ignored that, and implemented it in the OS, making their hardware unusable to any other OS that expects the hardware to conform to the spec.

    Now, obviously, Apple have no reason to care about people running other systems on their hardware - it's not a significant proportion of their sales. But it does further cement the status of Thunderbolt as an Apple-only technology...

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