Support linux on ALL your devices
I just purchased a displaylink USB 3 based device; reading the forums I didn't pickup the difference between USB 2.0 being supported and USB 3.0 not being supported. This is nonsense. Content protection on the monitor, I don't care about being able to use protected content; I'd like to just be able to use the monitor I paid for. But no.
I think you should support Linux with USB 3.0 devices to use non-DRM content.
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My vote - 1. Open source; 2. Ubuntu. No DRM. Many old Windows users are seeing that Linux is not just an 'alternative' for the geeks. It is world-wide and supported by most hardware vendors. Staying out of the loop supports the anger many are conveying here. If you aren't serious about supporting Linux, you aren't serious about computer hardware. Marketwise, you'd sell WAY more devices if you put some money into Linux support.
So just do a firmware loadable in modules. An NO drm ...
Ólafur Arason commented
This is the reason I haven't bought a display link device. I'm using Ubuntu but you should have an open source solutions or support the current effort. If it doesn't work without DRM which I don't understand why it shouldn't the have that part in a binary linkable to the open source driver. For x32, amd64 and arm.
Darren Upton commented
this would be so very useful - pls provide - thank you !
Ryan Allen commented
First choice,: open source solution.
If not possible, go for the top 6 on distro watch: http://distrowatch.com/
Ryan Quinn commented
I agree with many here that the best solution would be an open source driver. Distro maintainers can build and package binaries as needed. If it must be a closed source driver Ubuntu might be the best choice to start with since it is offered pre-installed by some of the major OEMs. I purchased a DisplayLink device a while back but it sits in a box of random wires and connectors since it was useless on Linux. I will not be buying another DisplayLink device until this is remedied. It's just not worth it to buy a device that will only work on 1 (windows) computer out of the 7 in my home.
Leo Ufimtsev commented
Ubuntu/Fedora/Debian are usually quite popular.
I just don't want to use windows with this dock! Pick some distro and build a driver fast pls.
Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch, it doesn't matters.
After having a look at the forums, there doesn't seem to be much interest in providing support for linux, not even via binaries (which is a bad idea btw), so the message is clear:
- they don't want our money
it's a pitty, seemed like a good idea...
i don't want DRM "protection", i paid for a display port for my linux laptops... it goes this way:
- no linux support = refund my money.
A proper linux support is needed. Please be quick about it.
Don Bradken commented
I think Debian would definitely be a good idea, given how there are so many Debian-based distributions. Some preliminary work actually has already been done by David Airlie at Red Hat (http://airlied.livejournal.com/80307.html) by the way.
Jake Hewitt commented
Please support linux. If I had known my displaylink device was incompatible with linux I never would have purchased it. Ubuntu would be the best distro, being that it is the most popular
Support for any linux distribution would be fine, say one of the Ubuntu LTS versions.
Protractor Runnerone commented
Dying for any linux driver support. Please!
I'm a huge fan of Debian, and use Ubuntu commercially. But I'd advise targeting Red Hat first: they lead the charge to Systemd (which near-everyone else is using, ex: Ubuntu, Debian) & will have the best support for it, the least filler to run that. It's a safe, solid choice.
As for riskier choices you might want to investigate, I'd bring up the topic of Wayland. It's an alternative to X, and while it's not used as heavily today, it has a number of advantages- from the core, it's built for allowing nesting, and this is a core advantage: the system can run a system Wayland with all of the graphics cards and Render-Nodes (output systems, what DisplayLink/USB2 devices expose in the existing udl driver), and individual users can run their own private Waylands inside of that, automatically, zero-overhead sharing the accelerated graphics capabilities of the root Wayland. Wayland is a much more flexible environment for the kind of advanced, multi-seat, multi-user work people are up to. The TizenOS has made extensive use of this capability, for example in their In-Vehicle Interface, which allows multiple passengers to share the same display system effectively. Wayland would be a more future-sighted, optimistic target than good old X support.
Red Hat has been seriously backing Wayland for a while, and appears to intend to switch over to it entirely sometime in the future. Desktop environments such as Gnome and KDE support it. It also can host X apps efficiently. On the other hand, Ubuntu has been creating their own display system 'Mir', but there's no support by any major desktop environments other than their own. This difference also highlights a primary reason to pick supporting Red Hat for your first DisplayLink/USB3 taget (whether you pick the advanced, more capable Wayland, or X to support): Ubuntu has been inventing their own things, and is pushing disconvergent change, whereas Red Hat has been working within the community and backing community technology development.
I noticed ya'll have Android support now. Congratulations. It tickles my heart to hear there may be an interest in Linux again. I have the utmost confidence Linux has evolved into the ideal hotplugged-multi-monitor and multi-seat environments for DisplayLink, and I expect DisplayLink will be amazed and overjoyed at the levels of adoption for your products with support for USB3 devices finally added in.
its not a distro issue need a driver so we can install it.. i also have a usb3 from dell with 4k.
im running Linux mint 17 for work.
I also do believe an open source driver without DRM support for one distro is enough, as the community will be able to adept it to all other distros. I also believe that ubuntu would be a good choice, as for example Dell sells laptops with ubuntu pre-installed, and sells USB3.0 docking stations with the DisplayLink chipset in question.
Sir, The most popular linux distro to support first is a tough question but thank you for considering any distro to support. Maybe looking at the three most common distro's that most other distros are derived from would help answer your question, they are Debian, Slackware and Red Hat. If you would consider supporting those distro's in that order using open source code the linux community will take care of all the "Sub-Tier" distro's. Thank you for your support.
Paul Harris commented
Yes Ubuntu would be most useful but if you open source the driver it can be packaged for different distros by various distro's packaging teams.
Please make a Linux driver