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?

  • On what Linux Distribution?
    – Alvar
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 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
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 12:17
  • What's wrong with Gigabit Ethernet? The initial applications for Thunderbolt mostly involve graphics cards...
    – ish
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 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
    Commented Jan 3, 2013 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.

  • "Cold plug" works well for Ethernet adapter on current Ubuntu 12.10. "Hot plug" still doesn't... yet!
    – Murphy
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 22:03
  • @Murphy I was reading last night that hot-plugging is working now. Can you confirm? Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 0:22
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix sorry I haven't used Ubuntu for years now... I was bored of waiting for problems like these to be resolved. OSX just works fine for me.
    – Murphy
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 20:45

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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    Can you elaborate a little more? So is thunderbolt as of today fully supported in (Ubuntu) Linux?
    – OpenGears
    Commented Aug 1, 2015 at 14:04
  • @Nanofunk "fully supported" is a moving target I think. In the last couple of months revisions were made in Linux to "support more" of Thunderbolt 3. Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 0:23

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