Make the Linux driver open source and get it into the kernel
If the DisplayLink driver existed in the kernel, it would be SO much easier for the users to get it working. In my role as Chief Digital Officer for a large company (of 8000 people), I would probably have bought 500 of these devices IF the driver were just upstream (you know, how Linux devices normally "just work" without the aggro common in the Windows world). However, the annoyance of a manual driver install, especially when it's broken on updates to newer kernels, is just something I wouldn't want to invest in. Please consider that proprietary drivers are serious impediment to sales, and just work with a willing community upstream.
It's actually insane that this is the by far highest voted issue and there has been no response from Displaylink. Clearly there is a large community of Linux users who 1. would help develope and 2. many more who would use it. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that apparently it isn't even worth a response from the company.
I was naive when buying my docking hub and chose a display link device to hook up my new linux/fedoras laptop to my new, bigger monitor, all part of my new setup. Now, it is useless. I have to connect my peripherals directly to my laptop, and than change it when I hook up my mac. I'm honestly steaming. The sole reason to buy that hub was to (so I naivley though) have seemless integration of my peripherals with my monitor and various laptop devices. Now the whole point is moot.
Steve Willson commented
I'm here because it "just works" in Windows and Ubuntu configuration is challenging. Please make the driver open source and get it into the kernel.
Robin Jonsson commented
Until this happens, DisplayLink will continue to be the weakest link in the chain.
David Duncan commented
As a member of the packaging group for Fedora, I am happy to say that we would gladly support including any code that is OSI approved. By making this driver open source, we would be able to include support with every release.
I can just about guarantee that if this were to happen DisplayLink would start getting adopted much more heavily. Until this happens I probably won't be buying or suggesting DisplayLink devices.
Please to prevent people from totally breaking their linux install when your driver installer simply overwrites the libusb-1.0.so.0.2.0 file, please refrain from overwriting library files or remove the displaylink driver until you give us a properly compiled driver, compiled against the officially pre-installed libusb-1.0.so.0.2.0 or use a differently versioned file so as to not overwrite the original. Of course you could also simply deliver us some .deb files instead of that very risky zip/run installer-binary.
Paul Thompson commented
This is beyond the pale in 2022. DisplayLink needs to make this driver open source and get it into the linux kernel. I did not buy my expensive hub to be a paperweight on my desk.
Charlotte Griffiths commented
I begrudge Displaylink now too, kernel update just broke my "driver", again... It seems our Linux elders are not happy with Displaylink's Linux support, and after my own painful novice experience running monitors off a dock, I trust their advocacy for open source kernel integration. MAKE IT OPEN SOURCE. Displaylink Linux is a pain...
Peter Ades commented
It is a horror to install and maintain in linux.
I agree again and again. Display Link don't work again.
It's a shame
Ivo Karindi commented
Have waited for this quite a few years by now. Please take these requests seriously!
Tomasz Kanik commented
Without an internal kernel Linux driver this display-link stuff does not make any sense at all if it breaks with every kernel update.
As Chief Architect I can not recommend Display Link to be used by whole government.
Christopher Biessener commented
I support this suggestion 8,000,000% !!!
The problem with DisplayLink (at least on MacOS) is that it's an application and not a true driver!!!
There is ZERO access to the external monitors until the desktop is fully loaded.
The software in its current form is a horrible solution.
The only way to get your applications to open back up in the external monitor of your choice is to remember to close the app BEFORE you shut down.
The implementation of DisplayLink is inexcusable.
Side note to Apple, in case they're reading these forums: Shame on you for limiting native external monitor support to just one. Shame on you for green lighting this inadequate solution to fix your obsession with as-thin-as-possible laptops.
Paul Bartruff commented
Still not usable for OpenBSD! We are years past the original post, what is the problem.
Bravo Mike commented
Tossing my vote in on this. The absolute lack of support, stability and usability on Linux is disappointing considering the premium that DL devices come with.
Regardless of whether or not Linux makes up a notable portion of the DL customer base, customers are customers - and when a product is purchased, there's usually an expectation of at least some semblance of functionality.
I have a Targus dock based on DL, and view it as one of the worst tech purchases I've made due solely to the lack of support for the platform.
Ezequiel Partida commented
We have many DisplayLink Ge2 Docks on the company I work for under the Lenovo Brand.
If Lenovo is now selling laptops with Ubuntu I think this issues with kernel should be fixed, not only for ubuntu but for fedora.
I personally use Mageia and Mandriva, they work with the fedora packages but only with some kernels.
Most companies just say that ther is not enough market share on Linux when they are actually the ones slowing it´s growth.
I'm fed up with the false anouncement. the DisplayLink driver don't work on ubuntu, kubuntu, etc.
Is there only one kernel that accept the driver ?
Too much mistakes.
-------- Open the source or do your job please ! --------
Antoine Blondeau commented
Not having the displaylink driver in the kernel is a huge blocker for company usage, as installation is usually limited to the package managers... it is really sad as this technolgy work really well, just not suitable for any non-mainstream linux install or corporate ones
This is a problem for sure. As of the 5.11 Kernel update broke my DisplayLink. After rolling back to the old kernel, the second monitor was present in display settings, but would not display anything. So I uninstalled and reinstalled the latest DisplayLink driver, rebooted, and no change.
Unusable with Linux and AMD Ryzen 4650... what a pain...