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I was searching the web around one hour now, but still could not find a definite answer: Is Intel Thunderbolt already working with Linux?

I am especially interested in networking, so that I can transfer files from a Mac OSX Machine to an Ubuntu (Intel DZ77RE-75K or Gigabyte Z77X-UP5) Machine. Any news/information on Ubuntu and Linux Kernel support for Thunderbolt?

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On what Linux Distribution? –  Alvar Jul 10 '12 at 12:11
    
@Alvar The OP mentions Ubuntu as well as the Linux kernel.. I do believe that this indicates his interest in support for the Ubuntu distro, as well as support for the Linux kernel.. ;) –  SirCharlo Jul 10 '12 at 12:17
    
What's wrong with Gigabit Ethernet? The initial applications for Thunderbolt mostly involve graphics cards... –  izx Jul 10 '12 at 12:43
    
The thunderbolt to HDMI out works with no extra setup for my MacBook Pro, though I do not know about the other functions (data, periferals etc.), and would be interested to know. –  yarbelk Jan 3 '13 at 5:33
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As of May 2012, support in the Linux kernel was still buggy and being worked on. For example, hot-plugging did not work, while cold-plugging did, etc.

Considering that the new Linux kernel will only appear in Ubuntu 12.10 (October 2012), I think that's the earliest you can hope to expect partial Thunderbolt support in Ubuntu.

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"Cold plug" works well for Ethernet adapter on current Ubuntu 12.10. "Hot plug" still doesn't... yet! –  Murphy Sep 14 '12 at 22:03
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Actually thunderbolt support is added in the kernel 3.12 and it works on my NUC running ubuntu 3.10 and kernel 3.12.

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