I recently got a PC laptop with a Thunderbolt display. I would like to install Linux but which Kernel version can support a Thunderbolt display?

  • The stock kernels in some distributions enable everything as a module. What is your distribution? Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 15:03
  • I reckon I will install Fedora 21 (Kernel 3.17)
    – QLands
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 15:51
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    Try it and see what happens? Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 15:55
  • "Thunderbolt DisplayPort" makes no sense. It is one or another(Either Thunderbolt or DisplayPort). Maybe you coulde be talking about Mini DisplayPort - cnet.com/news/confusing-mini-displayport-with-thunderbolt. Which one of them it is?
    – user34720
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 12:56
  • @nwildner Thunderbolt controllers multiplex one or more individual data lanes from connected PCIe and DisplayPort devices for transmission via two duplex Thunderbolt lanes, then de-multiplex them for use by PCIe and DisplayPort devices on the other end....
    – kravemir
    Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 20:28

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PC laptop with a Thunderbolt display port? only? So, you want to use your Thunderbolt port for external display ?

Well, you either need a monitor with a thunderbolt port, or a cable with thunderbolt port on one side and the desired port on the other side.

As for the Linux Kernel version, version 3.17 adds support for thunderbolt, inlcuding as a display

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